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Man charged with fatal crash denied bond

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Robert William Martin (Source: Chatham County Detention Center) Robert William Martin (Source: Chatham County Detention Center)

A man charged in the collision with a golf cart that resulted in the death of legendary jazz musician, businessman and philanthropist appeared before a judge on Wednesday afternoon.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said Ben Tucker, 82, was struck by a car at 11:44 a.m. Tuesday while riding his golf cart on an access road near the Westin Savannah Golf Resort and Spa. Police said Tucker was the only person in the golf cart at the time of the collision. 

Police said Robert William Martin, 52, of Spicewood, TX, was speeding in a Chrysler 300 on Grand Prize of America Avenue and collided with Tucker's golf cart as he was crossing Grand Prize of America from the clubhouse to the employee parking lot.

Martin was charged with racing, first-degree vehicular homicide and reckless driving. A judge denied him bond at a hearing Wednesday.

Tucker was declared dead at Memorial University Medical Center. SCMPD's Major Accident Investigation Team continues to investigate. 

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