When Adrian Perez appeared in Broward County bond court Saturday as a suspect in the hit-and-run crash into a waitress last month, he did so as an experienced defendant.
The charges related to the July 15 hit-and-run of Michelle Holguin, who was riding her bicycle in Sunrise on her way home from work, represent Perez’s sixth traffic, felony or misdemeanor case in 2017. That doubled his count from 2015, a three-ticket year that included a state trooper doubting Perez’s account of a single car crash.
In 2017, Perez, a 21-year-old from Davie, has been fined $293 for resisting arrest without violence; went into pre-trial diversion on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge; pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia; and is contesting two speeding tickets. For leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and tampering with physical evidence, Perez’s first 2017 felony charges, his bond was set at $52,500 and he’ll have to surrender his passport.
Perez got his second speeding ticket of 2017 on Aug. 3, 18 days after a hit-and-run driver struck Holguin on West Sunrise Boulevard in front of the Sawgrass Mills area as she cycled home from work. Video at the Mobil station at 12580 W. Sunrise Blvd. shows a driver getting out of his Nissan Sentra to check the spider web of damage covering his windshield’s passenger side.
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WPLG-Channel 10 reports bond Judge Jill Levy responded to Perez’s mother asking for his release with, “He got out of the car, saw the damage, went to a gas station and texted his friend. (Told) his friend that he hit a deer, and the deer died. After that, your son looked online to try and get his windshield replaced.”
The station reports that Holguin remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
Perez’s driving history remained clean in 2016. In 2015, he got fined $145 for not stopping at a four-way stop intersection and $200 for going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone 13 days later. That December, he got cited for failing to provide proof of insurance after he crashed on Interstate 95 near Commercial Boulevard.
Perez told the investigating Florida Highway Patrol sergeant he saw a bumper in the middle of I-95 and the combination of braking, steering to swerve around the bumper and rain-soaked freeway sent him spinning off the median wall, across I-95 and off the right side shoulder. The FHP sergeant wrote:
“Driver advised that a phantom vehicle struck him in the rear, which caused his vehicle to go out of control. Physical evidence revealed only concrete residue on his vehicle from striking the barrier wall was observed. The only bumper that was observed was the front bumper from his vehicle that was lying in the median.”