Bond raised for suspect in SF crash, victim's friend talks about crash
Brent O'Neal, the newly 21-year-old who Sioux Falls police say caused a crash that lead to a 33-year-old Sioux Falls man dying was back in court Friday. O'Neal is now facing two more charges. This is his second time in court in just a few days.
When he was in front of the judge Friday, he was with his attorney but rarely made eye contact and looked down.
He's now facing first and second degree manslaughter charges. First degree manslaughter carries up to life in prison. Second degree manslaughter carries up to 10 years in prison. The judge also raised his bond to $100,000. It was $10,000 yesterday. He's also facing reckless driving and hit and run charges.
The crash happened on the corner of 26th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls Wednesday night. Police say O'Neal tried to run from the scene but he was caught. Police say he was driving his Chrysler 60 mph down Minnesota Avenue and texting. A total of five vehicles were involved including a motorcycle. That motorcyclist died Thursday afternoon from his injuries.
A vigil was held at the very corner where the crash happened. Phil Sorensen passed away. He was 33-years-old. At least 100 people came out to share stories of Sorensen while holding candles. We talked to Sorensen's friend who tells us this could have happened to anyone and they don't have anything against the man being charged.
"This wasn't aimed at Phil. This guy (O'Neal) doesn't deserve, he did something wrong but he didn't do this to hit someone, he checked a text message, swerved off the road, maybe he had been speeding but no one here hates this guy," Mark Sorenson said.
Police were out at that intersection Thursday night. They closed it for almost three hours. It was reopened at 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Police say it will take a few days to gather all the information they need. They will then bring it to the state's attorney's office.