ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A suspect in a double fatal hit-and-run in the Orlando area has been granted bond. While Brye Jenkins is still in jail, the families of the victims are upset that he was given the option to leave once he posts bail.
Barbara Rosetta said it has been painful dealing with the loss of her mother, 78-year-old Bessie Anderson. Anderson and a family friend, 53-year-old Veronica Williams, died after being struck on June 1. They were on their way to the grocery store.
Jenkins, 23, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and vehicular homicide. A judge granted him $25,000 bond.
"When they come by with the $25,000 bond, it was really like somebody just took something, just put it in my chest," said Rosetta. "It's not fair. It's just not fair."
According to investigators, since Jenkins turned himself in, he's not considered a flight risk. By law, he is entitled to bond.
"He's willing and ready to take responsibility," said Pastor Jake Stovall, who told FOX 35 that Jenkins called him for help on Monday. "He was tearful, he was sorrowful and I felt his pain."
Shortly after that, he turned himself into authorities.
"I'm relieved he turned himself in, but you got to wait to get a pastor when you know you've done wrong?" asked Rosetta. "Sixteen days later?"
We asked Pastor Stovall about the bond being granted.
"That was a blessing," he said. "Really, what's on his mind is healing and praying that the family forgive him."
"Yes, I forgive him. No, I don't like it, and I don't want him to think I like it," Rosetta replied.
Pastor Stovall believes Jenkins will stay in jail for a while to "reflect and read his bible."
When he posts bond, he said he plans to watch Jenkins closely.