While authorities reconstruct the scene of a hit-and-run crash, the suspect made his first appearance in Minnehaha County Court.
Mark Morris, 33, faces two years behind bars and/or $4,000 in fines if convicted of felony hit and run. Authorities believe he hit Reva Rezac, 58, with his white Honda Civic. A tip call led authorities to the car, which was in a parking lot on the 1000 block of North Minnesota Avenue.
"Well, it was visible enough. I guess the right person saw it. Some people call it luck, some people might call it due diligence. There are all kinds of names you can hang on it, but I will take it any way it comes," Lt. Jerome Miller, Sioux Falls Police Dept., said.
In court, it was revealed that Morris admitted to driving the car and claimed he was picking up his young son. According to Deputy States Attorney Edward Angel, authorities believe they have found clothing fibers on Morris's windshield that are consistent with what Rezac was wearing. The car is in police custody.
"Most likely we'll get a speed range. Like I say, these recon guys are good when it comes to taking all these factors: where debris is found, where the victim lands. Things like that," Miller said.
In court, it was not said if Morris did anything wrong to cause the incident, nor was there more insight as to what exactly happened. Witnesses have said Morris was going faster than the speed limit and that Rezac was thrown into the air after she was hit.
During the hearing, Angel said the father of two is "down on his luck" and is going through a divorce, which may make him a flight risk. Morris does not have prior felonies on his record, but he does have a minor trespassing charge in Florida 10 years ago.
A judge set Morris's bond at $50,000 cash. Angel said these charges could be worse, and that we could be looking at a "manslaughter case" should Rezac die. Authorities have said she is still in critical condition.
Lt. Miller has praised the public and the news media for helping with this case.
"It takes that one tip at the right time, and we can put a good closure on this case," Miller said.