Man accused in crash that killed two people faces judge

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A large crowd gathered at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse proclaiming innocence for a man accused of causing a deadly crash.

Uriel Flores is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run. Police said he caused another car to run off the road in south Charlotte killing two people inside, including a three-year-old child.

Thursday, a judge reduced Flores' bond by $100,000.  Flores had a large crowd of supporters hoping he can get out of jail about a dozen who sat inside the courtroom and another 20 waiting outside.

Uriel Flores stood before a judge to learn if his bail would be reduced. As his sister pleaded with the judge, he was brought to tears.

"For me it's hard seeing my brother in chains," said Adilene Flores, "It's hard seeing him with handcuffs on. It's hard to see him like this because my brother is not a bad person."

Adilene Flores said her brother Uriel Flores is not responsible for the deaths of Shanquise Bush or 3-year old Jayden Bush. Back on September 18th, police say Uriel Flores was driving a white truck on Sharon Road West during rush hour traffic. Witnesses said it looked like he was racing with a red Mercury Sable and ran into the other driver's lane forcing her to slide off the road hitting a utility pole.

Thursday in court prosecutors said it appeared the two cars were going 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. Flores' lawyer said other circumstances ran the car off the road, not Flores, who's truck never touched the red car. He said Snaquise Bush, who was driving, was licensed for two weeks and the car had bald tires.

"There's no one to blame in this, no one to blame," said Adilene Flores, "It's an accident. And I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for their loss."

Flores' sister spoke to the judge and her brother's bail was reduced from $150,000 to $50,000. Now she is fighting with immigration to lift the hold placed on Flores papers allowing him to be in this country legally.

"I have a petition going on right now to free my brother, for ICE to lift this hold that they have on him," said Flores.

About 25 of Flores' friends dropped off a letter for CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, asking him to reconsider the case.

"It's devastating. It gets you mad that you know they are just trying to blame someone," said Rafael Abundio.

Tuquory Bush after the bond hearing was visibly upset. He lost his sister and his son in that crash. He said it doesn't matter if Flores supporters said he is a good person, Bush said a good person doesn't run a family off the road and leave the scene.

Flores' lawyer said if the immigration hold is lifted, the family could only need to raise ten percent of his bond to get him out with the help of a bail bondsman.

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