Robert Sinn, of Palm Beach County, was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury. In bond court Thursday, attorney Robert Perez argued to have his client's bond reduced.
A pedestrian who was walking home from the grocery store was hospitalized in critical condition after he was struck by a hit and run driver in Miami Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Miami Police say the incident happened around 4 p.m. in the area of Biscayne Boulevard and 64th Street as the pedestrian was walking in the sidewalk with groceries in his hand.
Robert M. Sinn, 33, of Palm Beach County, was driving a white Chevrolet Impala northbound on Biscayne Boulevard when he veered off the roadway and onto the sidewalk, hitting the pedestrian, police said.
Sinn got out of his car to look at the victim then got back into his car and sped off, police said.
The Impala also struck a tree and bus stop and knocked down a light pole and fence at the scene.
"The fortunate thing is that there was nobody else at the bus stop at the time of this accident because you can see the debris that's all scattered out here, it was a really bad accident," Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.
An officer who heard the description of the car spotted it near the intersection of Northeast 7th Avenue and 64th Street and pulled it over.
According to a police report, the car had severe damage to the front end and debris from the tree all over it.
The unidentified victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition.
Sinn was taken into custody and later charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, police said.
"Officer I fell asleep at the wheel, is the guy that I hit going to be OK?" Sinn asked, according to the report.
The report said Sinn blew a 0.000 on an alcohol breath test but noted that Sinn "appeared to be disoriented, sluggish, trouble maintain balance, constricted pupils and his speech was thick tongued."
Carroll told NBC 6 authorities plan to look into all possibilities.
"They're going to look into speed, they're going to look into alcohol, look into any kind of medical condition," Carroll said. "All of those factors will play a role in determining how this actually happened."
In bond court Thursday, Sinn, who said he is employed as an investment advisor, was held on $30,000 bond for two felony charges. He was also issued a no-drive order and to remain on house arrest if he posts bond.
Attorney Robert Perez argued that his client's bond should be lowered.
"There are other conditions of bond such as house arrest, SCRAM bracelet, no driving order, that could also protect this community that don't have to be financial conditions of release," he told Judge Briana Fajardo.
But Fajardo, who agreed to schedule another bond hearing with Perez, said there were strong allegations against Sinn.
"He got out of the car, so he stopped the car, he got out of the car, he went over to the pedestrian, he yelled something at the pedestrian, got in his car and left," she said. "And then engaged in some type of pursuit with the police before he surrendered."