Bond set for suspect in fatal West Ashley hit-and-run

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 10:27 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 6:49 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge set bond Wednesday for the man charged in connection to a fatal hit and run accident in West Ashley that happened on the day before Thanksgiving.

Herbert Fielding, 68, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, Sgt. Elisabeth Wolfsen said.

Judge Amanda Haselden set bond at $100,000 for Fielding.

Fielding, who has sought multiple elected officers over the years, most recently running for Charleston County Coroner, told the judge he thought the bond was extremely high.

Officers say they responded to the intersection of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Downing Street just after 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 after a man was struck by a vehicle. The victim, 63-year-old Raul Perez, died at the scene, authorities said.

No one from Perez’s family attended in person but three impact statements from his siblings were read in court.

Members of Fielding’s family hoped to get him out of jail without a bond.

“Herbert worked at the Commission for the Blind where he helped numerous, numerous handicapped blind folks maintain their status in society and maintain their ability to live freely. Herbert has always been about helping other people,” Fielding’s attorney, Edwin Givens, said.

But a previous failed sobriety test was enough to convince Haselden to set a larger bond.

“I do think a surety bond is appropriate because of the danger previously shown in this incident and my concern with that at least one prior DUI in 2014,” Haselden said before setting bond.

Haselden has since been released on bond, according to jail records.

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