Accused driver in Richmond road rage case appears in court

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A first look today at one of two suspects in a deadly road rage case.

40 year old Christopher Sessoms, the accused driver, was arraigned in Richmond traffic court on a felony hit and run charge.

It was a brief hearing. Sessoms wasn't in the courtroom. He appeared by closed-circuit television.

His parents watched from the bench and when it was over didn't want to answer questions about their son.

Out the door and thrust into the public eye, Sessoms parents are said to be upset for their son.

"Please leave them alone," said Sessoms' attorney, Bill Linka.

"Get on, I got nothing to say," said Sessoms' father.

"They're very upset and I'm sure there's nothing I can say that can express their deep sympathies to the family of the young man they're very sorry they're really upset for their son," said Linka.

They watched Sessoms on closed-circuit television from inside the courtroom. Sessoms said he loved them.  His mom blew him a kiss.

Prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland said Sessoms was behind the wheel of the red pick up at the time of the September 22nd crash on the Powhite Parkway that killed 24 year old Chris Fisher.

Both Sessoms and Charity Dees are charged with felony hit and run.

"Virginia law places responsibility on all occupants of a vehicle involved in an accident involving death or injury to report the offense to police so paramedics can respond with appropriate aid all indications are she never did that," said Thorne-Begland.

But Dees is fighting extradition. She remains in a North Carolina jail on a drug trafficking charge.

Thorne-Begland said he doesn't expect additional charges against Dees in the road rage case, but that may not be the case for Sessoms.

Sessoms meets with his attorney Saturday.

"I think there's several options on the table and I don't think anybody's limited at this point," said Linka.

Should there be talk of bond for Sessoms, Thorne-Begland said he'll put up a fight.

"He fled from the scene of a homicide and was caught after being followed around the southeastern United States by a fugitive task force.  Never turned himself in after being made aware of the homicide, so at this point we believe he's a potential threat to the community as well as potential for flight," said Thorne-Begland.

Sessoms will be back in a Richmond courtroom in December. The Commonwealth hopes the case will be certified to a grand jury.

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