Driver out on bail accused of killing two children and injuring four others in hit-and-run sparks chaos in the court room as he tussles with guards
A Florida man accused of killing two children and injuring four other kids in a hit-and-run while he drove with a suspended license, caused a disturbance during his first court appearance Wednesday.
Sean Charles Greer, 27, was hit with several charges, including two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, for Monday’s fatal incident, which claimed the lives of Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5.
During a court appearance Wednesday, deputies led Greer away after he apparently objected to attending the proceeding. The court session was delayed for a minute as he was taken from the room.
In the video, Greer tussled with deputies as he pointlessly tried to free himself from the courtroom guards.
‘You can’t make me stay in this [inaudible]!’ Greer said as he was taken outside by the guards.
‘We seem to have lost him for a moment,’ Judge Joseph Murphy said during the videotaped hearing. Someone then told Murphy, ‘Your honor, he stepped away. He didn’t want to come back before the judge.’
Murphy called Greer an ‘extreme flight risk.’ It is unclear if Greer will be charged for his outburst in court on Wednesday.
During a court appearance Wednesday, deputies led Sean Charles Greer away after he apparently objected to attending the proceeding. The court session was delayed for a minute as he was taken from the room. In the video, Greer tussles with deputies as he pointlessly tries to free himself from the courtroom guards.
Greer was arrested late Tuesday after physical evidence led detectives to him following the Monday afternoon crash in Wilton Manors, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives aid he has since confessed to his involvement in the crash. His address is listed as less than a third of a mile from where the incident took place.
Greer fled the scene and his car was later located in Wilton Manors, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, deputies said. There was damage on the vehicle consistent with being involved in the crash. The car’s front bumper was missing. It had been found at the scene of the crash.
Greer was driving his 2009 Honda Accord southbound on Northwest Ninth Avenue in Wilton Manors at the same time that a Broward County Transit bus was stopped to drop off a passenger at around 3 pm.
Sean Charles Greer, 27, was accused of running over a group of children Monday, killing two, including 6-year-old Andrea Fleming (right), and injuring four, all ten or younger, and is facing two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death among several charges
Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, were killed at the scene near 2417 N.W. Ninth Avenue in Wilton Manors (pictured), just north of Fort Lauderdale, at around 3.00p.m. on Monday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office
As the bus pulled out to continue southbound, it began to merge into the right lane from the edge of the roadway. Greer’s Honda approached the bus from behind but the driver failed to allow the bus to merge and passed it, almost striking the front driver’s side as it cut in front of the bus, police said.
The Honda then veered right and drove off the roadway and onto the sidewalk, striking the children. The vehicle then accelerated and fled the area.
‘I was just holding her hand and letting her know just hear my voice, don’t go, don’t go to sleep,’ Lewis recalled.
Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, died at the scene. Four other children, Draya Fleming, 9, Laziyah Stokes, also 9, Johnathan Carter, 10, and Audre Fleming, 2, were transported to Broward Health Medical Center, police said.
Neighbor Harriet Lewis told NBC6 she ran downstairs and saw the children lying on the street.
Andrea (left) was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister, Draya Fleming (right), 9, is in the hospital
The girls’ mother, Tyricka Williams (left), mourned her younger daughter and prayed for her older child’s recovery
The three Fleming children were siblings visiting their father, Audre Fleming Sr.
Tyricka Williams, the mother of Andrea and Draya Fleming, wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign: ‘I’m in the worse condition ever as a mother and don’t know how I’m going to prepare myself mentally to fight and keep a smile for the rest of my children.
‘How am I going to plan a funeral while visiting my other daughter in the hospital who doesn’t know her little sister has passed away.’
Andrea’s uncle, Stanley Holcomb Sr, described the six-year-old as a smart and good-natured first-grader.
‘She kept us smiling and kept my heart going,’ he told Miami Herald. ‘It’s too bad I couldn’t be there to save her.’
A Broward County Transit bus in Wilton Manors, Florida, was in the motion of turning when Greer plowed into the children on the sidewalk after driving up the curve
Police said Greer was driving a 2009 Honda Accord Sedan (pictured) when he caused the carnage
Physical evidence at the scene and other information led detectives to identify the vehicle involved, which was then released among law enforcement agencies. The car was later located in Wilton Manors.
Police said the vehicle had damage consistent with being involved in the crash. The front bumper was missing, which was located at the scene.
Along with the two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, Greer faces two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, tampering with evidence, four counts of driving without a license causing death and/or serious bodily injuries and driving with a suspended license.
Greer, who has a seven-year-old child of his own, is currently on probation for burglary for breaking into a home in Oakland Park in September 2018 and stealing a PlayStation 4.
Greer’s criminal history also includes arrests for trespassing, shoplifting, marijuana possession, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest.
According to prosecutors, Greer’s Florida drivers license has been suspended since 2016. He also has arrests, including for possession of cannabis, petty theft and driving with a suspended license, dating to 2013.
His court-appointed public defender said Greer suffers from asthma, depression and insomnia, the South Florida SunSentinel reported.
In 2017, Greer’s estranged girlfriend filed for a restraining order against him after he destroyed her furniture, claiming that he has anger issues.