MOBILE, Ala. -- A Semmes man charged in a fatal Christmas Eve hit and run was in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.
Marquise Grasham, 31, is out on bond for charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and death, and from a 2013 warrant for driving with a suspended license.
Prosecutors say Grasham was the driver of the Yukon that t-boned a Volkswagon Beetle at U.S. 90 at Lowes Drive. According to police, Grasham fled the scene of the accident on foot. Exactly how the crash happened remains under investigation.
"We feel like we know what the circumstances of the crash were but as far as proving any kind of reckless conduct, we need the investigation to be completed," Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood said.
According to Grasham's attorney, James Byrd, when his client got word one of the occupants of the Volkswagen was killed as a result of the crash, he contacted police letting them know he was the driver of the Yukon left on scene. Byrdberg says once his client realized the crash was serious, he turned himself in.
"They have a legit case of leaving the scene of an accident because all it takes is if you leave an accident and you do not fulfill the requirements like giving your information and insurance before leaving the scene and he did that unfortunately," Byrd said. "It was a horrible accident with terrible consequences so we'll just have to face that charge."
While out on bond, Grasham was ordered no contact with the victim's family or any other potential witnesses.
It's still not clear if Grasham was under the influence when the crash happened.