Bond set at $80k for man charged in daughter's death in wreck

Tyrone Hicks and Amanda Hicks at bond court
Tyrone Hicks and Amanda Hicks at bond court
Amanda Hicks and Tyrone Hicks
Amanda Hicks and Tyrone Hicks
Tylia Hicks
Tylia Hicks

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $80,000 for a man and $50,000 for his wife Wednesday night in connection to the death of their 3-year-old  daughter who was killed in an accident last month.

Tyrone Hicks is charged with reckless homicide and unlawful conduct towards a child. Amanda Hicks is charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.

"I've been with my daughter for almost three years and just losing my baby, it's really hard to be in here on top of everything else," an emotional Amanda Hicks told a judge Wednesday night.

North Charleston police say the couple turned themselves in at North Charleston Police Headquarters Wednesday morning after arrest warrants were issued for both on Monday.

On March 25, officers responded to an accident on Spruill Avenue, between Clements and Burton avenues. Police say a Chevy Silverado pick up, driven by Tyrone Hicks, approached a vehicle, whose driver pulled to the side in fear that his car would be struck.

An incident report states the truck then passed the car and came close to striking it. Authorities say the truck then went on to pass another vehicle in the same way.

According to police, when the truck attempted to pass a white Nissan by traveling on the bicycle lane, the vehicles made contact, sending the Nissan into oncoming traffic.

The truck then went up on a curve, struck two poles and a tree before coming to a rest on a pile of cement blocks.  Investigators say the rear passenger of the truck, Tylia Hicks, was ejected from the rear window of the vehicle and landed in the bed of the truck.

Officers found Amanda Hicks in the front passenger seat of the truck and Tyrone Hicks in the driver's seat. Emergency crews transported Tylia to MUSC where she was pronounced deceased.

Authorities on the scene reported finding a child booster seat, which was not secured to the bench seat, at the rear of the truck. Police say a pill bottle containing a green plant material, which field tested for THC, and an open can of Ice House beer, which was cool to the touch, was found in the truck.

A police report states two days after the incident, crews also located a scale in the vehicle which field tested positive for cocaine.

On April 2, officers went to the couple's home and attempted to get a statement on the incident, but authorities say the couple declined to speak with police on advice of their attorney.

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