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Bond denied for driver in fatal pedestrian crash

Spencer Prigmore

Spencer Prigmore

LAWRENCEVILLE — Maria Alicia Cervantes Maldonado and her 6-year-old daughter were walking home from the store that July night when Spencer Prigmore’s Ford pickup careened off Lawrenceville Highway, ending their lives. Those left behind remain in shambles.

“My parents are destroyed … the family is destroyed,” Andrea Cervantes Maldonado, the sister of the victim, said Monday through a translator. “We are devastated.”

The woman spoke briefly outside the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center following a hearing for Prigmore, who has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to return to the scene. The 43-year-old, in the Gwinnett County jail since his original arrest on July 18, was denied bond for a second time in the last month.

This victim’s sister said the family was happy with the decision.

“I hope that he’s punished,” Andrea Cervantes Maldonado said, “and that he gets the punishment he deserves.”

Prigmore reportedly jumped a curb near Harbins Road at about 6:30 p.m. on the night of the incident, crossing a grassy area and proceeding onto the sidewalk. His truck allegedly hit Maldonado and her daughter, Melissa Paola Cervantes, near the driveway for Calvary Baptist Church before continuing down the road.

Both victims died at the scene.

Lilburn police believe Prigmore was under the influence of drugs at the time but are awaiting toxicology results. DUI-drugs charges were dismissed during a July 25 probable cause hearing but can be reintroduced later on.