PINE HILLS, Fla. - A man accused of leaving the scene of a double-fatal hit-and-run crash in Pine Hills earlier this month appeared before a judge Tuesday and was given a bond of $25,000.
Brye Jenkins, 23, turned himself in to authorities on Monday and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular homicide.
"I just hope he doesn't get behind the wheel and let this avoidable accident happen again," said Williams' friend, Rosalyn Castile.
Investigators said the driver of a black SUV ran a red light and slammed into a Toyota, killing Veronica Williams, 53, and her friend Bessie Anderson, 78, on June 1.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, the driver was Jenkins, who was identified a few days after the accident.
Pastor Jake Stovall said Jenkins called him weeks after the incident.
"When I got the call, I told him, I said, 'The right thing to do is to turn yourself in.' I said, 'You cannot run,'" said Stovall.
Members of the victims' families told Channel 9 they were relieved to hear the driver had been identified.
"I just had relief in my chest. It's like something just moved," said Anderson's daughter, Barbara Rosetta.
"It doesn't bring my wife back, but we need some justice on this also," said Williams' husband, James Williams.
The women, who were neighbors, were headed to the store at the time of the crash.
FHP troopers said Jenkins' girlfriend, Shane Joseph, was with him in the SUV and initially denied knowing him. She was arrested and charged with obstructing justice and perjury.
Detectives told WFTV that Joseph's lies hindered their hit-and-run investigation.