MIAMI (WSVN) -- A pedestrian struck by a hit and run driver remains in critical condition, Thursday. The driver charged with the crime has been identified and remains behind bars.
According to police, Robert Sinn's vehicle hopped the curb and crashed into a bus stop along Northeast 64th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, at around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
A man who was on his way home from the grocery store was standing on the sidewalk and eating an apple when Sinn struck him. The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is fighting for his life. He has not been identified pending the notification of his next-of-kin. Authorities have only said the victim is in his mid-40s.
Police said Sinn, 33, knocked down a palm tree and a light pole as he knocked the pedestrian 30 feet away from where he was originally standing. Miami Fire Rescue Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll said, "When fire rescue arrived, he was basically wrapped right next to that bus bench pole that you see over there, about a good 30 feet away from where his shoe is."
The victim had just come from the grocery store when he was suddenly hit. "He was bleeding from the face," said a man who found the victim after the crash. "I think he was in a coma or something."
Police said Sinn got out of the car to look at the victim, then got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. Police said he offered no help to the victim.
However, Sinn did not get very far. "Luckily, one of our motormen in the nearby area was able to capture him just blocks down from the initial accident [scene]," said Miami Police Officer Kenia Reyes.
Police administered a field sobriety test to Sinn at the scene. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested. According to Miami Police, after Sinn was placed in the back of the cruiser, he said, "I fell asleep at the wheel."
Sinn has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury and DUI. He's being held on $105,000 bond.
MIAMI (CBS4) – A Miami-Dade Judge delivered harsh words Thursday to a Delray Beach man who is accused of drunk driving when he struck and nearly killed a pedestrian in Miami.
An arrest report says 33-year-old Robert Sinn told Police that he “fell asleep” at the wheel before his white Chevrolet impala jumped a curb, knocked down a pole and then struck the victim on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 64th St. as the victim was standing on the sidewalk with a bag of groceries.
Witnesses say the victim was thrown some 30 feet and was found wrapped around a bus stop pole at the scene.
The report also says Sinn got out of his car and went over to the badly-injured victim as he lay on the ground and yelled at him. Then he went back to his car and left, the report says. They say an “alert motorman” stopped Sinn just a few blocks away from the accident scene on Northeast 64th St. at Northeast 7th Ave.
After Judge Ariana Fajardo announced some of the charges against Sinn in bond court, she took a few minutes to read the arrest report. And then she said, “Some of the allegations are very disturbing. The allegations from the A Form are that he struck the pedestrian. He got out of his car. He went over to the pedestrian and yelled at the pedestrian and left.”
At the crash scene, veteran Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll was also concerned.
“You would think the reaction would be that you did something wrong,” he told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. “And because of that, you would check on someone’s well being and then call 911. He didn’t do that.”
According to the arrest report, Sinn told police he “fell asleep at the wheel” and then asked an officer, “Is the guy I hit going to be ok.”
There are nine charges against Sinn including DUI with serious bodily injury to another person, leaving the scene of a crash with an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with damage to property or a person.