Man charged in fatal hit-and-run appears in court


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man charged in the hit and run death of Joshua Roydes last Friday appeared in the courtroom today after posting a $50,000 unsecured bond and leaving jail just hours after turning himself in.

Contreras’ attorney said Contretas fell asleep at the wheel when he hit Rhoydes. His attorney said at the time he believed he had hit a mailbox or something similar and just continued home to change out his car before heading to work. His attorney said on the way to work, Contreras saw people at the scene where he had hit something and realized it must be worse than he thought. It was then Contreras went to his church to get council from his pastor before turning himself in later that day.

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There is no evidence that drugs, alcohol, or speed were a factor in the accident.

The victim’s girlfriend was in the courtroom today as well. She was emotional as the series of events were recounted for the judge.

Two years ago, Contreras was charged in Brunswick County with indecent liberties with a child and was also detained on an immigration hold. His attorney said Contreras has a work visa and a valid drivers license. The Brunswick County clerk of court said the indecent liberties charges were dropped.

In the end, the judge set Contreras’ bond at $15,000 secured. Contreras was escorted from the courtroom by a bailiff to take care of the bond.