Bond set at $60,000 for woman accused of DUI, hitting veteran on motorcycle

A woman accused of severely injuring a motorcyclist while driving under the influence last month, was in bond court Thursday.

 

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– A woman accused of severely injuring a motorcyclist while driving under the influence last month, was in bond court Thursday. Judge Robert Hood set her bond at $60,000, with conditions.

Everette Scott, 29, said he’s thankful and lucky to be alive. He said he thought he was going to die a month ago, when he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. The crash caused Scott to lose his leg.

Cynthia Sims, 62, is accused of drinking and driving. She is charged with felony DUI causing bodily harm.

“A lot of people that go through situations like I’ve been through don’t get to talk about it. And I almost felt like I was going to be one of those people. So I’m just grateful to still be here,” said Everette Scott.

According to investigators, on September 22,  Sims crossed the median on Garners Ferry Road and hit Scott while he was riding his motorcycle.

Surrounded by loved ones, Scott faced Sims for the first time since the crash that took his leg.

“Like I don’t feel bad, nothing that happened was unexpected. So, I mean, just dealing with it. Taking one step at a time,” said Scott.

Sims’ bond was set at $60,000 with conditions.

“We had hoped that the bond amount might be a little bit higher, but we certainly were not surprised by the bond amount,” said Toyya Brawley Gray, Scott’s cousin and attorney.

Sims’ bond conditions state that she cannot drive; cannot leave her property except to go to church, go to the doctors, go to her lawyers, go to court, or go to her job should she get one. She cannot have any contact with Scott or his family. She cannot drink, and she must also wear a SCRAM monitor which detects alcohol.

“Everette’s biggest concern is that he doesn’t want her to have the opportunity to do what she’s done to him to someone else. And so we hope that the conditions of the bond, that the judge imposed with regard to bond, will prevent that from happening,” said Brawley Gray.

Scott, a veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, said he’s been so thankful for the love and support since the crash.

“This support that I’ve had from the beginning of all this, like it’s been amazing. I can’t really put the feeling in words,” said Scott.

He and his family hope this experience serves as a reminder just how dangerous it can be to drink and drive.

“He fully expected to die that night. And so even though it’s her first time, it can be anyone’s first time. When you drink and you drive, it just has deadly consequences,” said Brawley Gray.

If Sims violates any conditions, her bond will be revoked. She will have a chance to present a defense, and down the road she can either choose to take a plea or the case will head to trial.

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