MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A bond decision for a woman charged with vehicular homicide was held over by a judge Thursday morning, July 11.
A judge issued no bond for Susan Dickerson until July 18. Dickerson is charged with vehicular homicide.
"The judge wanted us to look at a particular case to see if that would be the appropriate charge. The judge's position was that this case says that simple negligence will not support a vehicular homicide charge," said Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Jo Beth Murphree.
The district attorney's office intends to have Dickerson's bond revoked from a prior drug charge.
Authorities believe Dickerson was driving southbound on the Dauphin Island Bridge June 25, when her vehicle crossed the center line into the northbound lane and hit a motorcycle driven by a local veteran.
"She was over the center line. Not just a little bit - but in the middle of the opposite lane of traffic. Our contingent is, that supports a charge of vehicular homicide," said Murphree.
Friends said William "Bill" Bramlett was leaving the island to attend a Marine Corps League meeting in Mobile when the crash happened.
The veteran suffered multiple injuries including severe head trauma and died as a result of his injuries on June 27.
At the time of the crash, Dickerson was out on bond for felony possession of a controlled substance, according to officials at the Mobile County District Attorney's Office.
We also learned new details about what happened moments after the fatal crash. Dauphin Island Police let Dickerson leave the scene of the accident without a drug or alcohol test.
An investigator told the judge Dickerson did not act like she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so police let her go.
"He spent 2-3 minutes with her. Close proximity and she evidenced no demeanor of drunken behavior or under any influence, that's why he let her go. He did his job," said defense attorney Jason Darley.
The investigator told the court he called Dickerson about 45 minutes after the crash and asked her to take a voluntary blood test and that he asked her to meet him at the hospital. She said yes, but the investigator said Dickerson never showed.
The investigators said he tried to call her several times after the accident, but she never answered. When she finally did, the investigator said Dickerson told him she was asleep for two days.
"If you were a subject of an investigation, you would be given the same advice by an attorney. You don't have to make yourself available, that's the Fifth Amendment," said Darley.
FOX10 News also learned Dickerson was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash.
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