Bond denied in deadly I-85 hit & run in Cherokee Co.

Noe Castillo
Noe Castillo

CHEROKEE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Bond has been denied for a man accused in a fatal hit-and-run on I-85 South in Cherokee County.

The accident happened around 2:45 a.m. Monday near mile marker 92.

Troopers say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and died from his injuries.

The coroner identified the pedestrian as 26-year-old Damion Kintavis Franklin of Gaffney.

Franklin died at the scene.

Troopers say the driver, Noe Castillo, 46, did not stop after fatally hitting Franklin.

Castillo has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

He was not hurt in the crash.

On Wednesday, a magistrate judge denied bond. Castillo will have to go before a circuit court judge to learn if bond will be set.

About 15 of Franklin’s family members attended the bond hearing.

Troopers say they found pieces of Castillo’s car at the scene and used those to determine the type and color of car.

They say DMV records found a small number of vehicles in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties that matched the car.

Castillo’s home was the second one they visited.

The solicitor says the vehicle was at the home and there appeared to be an attempt to conceal the vehicle.

Castillo answered the door for troopers and said he “knew why they were there and he had nothing to say. They would need to talk to his attorney,” according to the prosecutor.