Hit-and-run driver with 4 DUI convictions out on bond in hours
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A woman hit on her bicycle last month by a driver is out of the hospital. The suspected driver is out on bond.
Tomorrow will be one month since Jenn McCombs was hit by a gold Cadillac Escalade off 28th Avenue, according to Metro Police.
It happened the afternoon of October 7, just a week before McCombs and her husband, Justin McCombs, were set to go on their honeymoon.
The victim says, “This has brought us closer than any honeymoon ever could. We're both just very grateful.”
Police say 52-year-old Ricky Escue struck the 33-year-old and was traveling at a high rate of speed.
McCombs says,"Witnesses said that he had been gunning it up and down the street all afternoon and he just T-boned me essentially. That's the last thing I remember until in the ambulance."
McCombs had to be transported to Vanderbilt University Medical center for treatment. Detectives assigned to the case determined Escue was the driver and found him staying at the Cumberland Inn on Trinity Lane. Police say Escue was also in possession of cocaine.
Escue has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and police say he already has four previous DUI convictions. He is let out on a $12,000 bond just days ago.
McCombs says, “Literally two hours after he was booked he was released. But it's not fair that I was in surgery literally twice as long as he was in jail.”
Police call Escue " a habitutal motor vehicle offender", the couple says his history speaks for itself.
“Clearly this is not someone who can be rehabilitated, he's been in the system for nearly as long as I've been alive.. He left me in the street to die. I hope when this case goes to court, that justice is served this time. I don't know what it's going to take to get this guy off the streets, “ say the McCombs.
Some residents near Centennial Park say they want the same and have seen Escue many times.
Kevin Pittman, resident, says, "He's gotten rid of the Escalade and now he's driving a white van. He used to work up at the Quik Sak. Taking off in an accident and leaving and getting slapped on the wrist, I mean that should be a heavier penalty because that's a person's life that you're dealing with."
In the meantime, McCombs is recovering at home with the help of her husband. She finds out tomorrow if she will need another surgery. Escue is scheduled to be in court November 30.