Man comes forward a month after hit-and-run near Sawgrass Mills

Nearly a month after a woman riding a bicycle home from work was run down and left unconscious and critically injured on a street in Sunrise, a 21-year-old man turned himself in to face charges in connection with the incident.

Adrian Perez appeared in court Saturday for the July 15 collision that left 53-year-old Michelle Holguin in a medically induced coma. Perez faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious injury and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

He was being held Sunday in the Broward County jail in lieu of $52,500 bond.

Police said Holguin was struck about midnight as she rode her bike in the 12600 block of West Sunrise Blvd., heading home after working a shift as a waitress at Lester’s Diner in Sunrise.

She was found unconscious, lying in the roadway across from Sawgrass Mills mall, police said.

Perez was captured on video surveillance soon after, checking out the damage to his car at a nearby gas station, police said.

“The facts of this case are very disturbing to the court,” said Broward Judge Jill K. Levy as she read through the criminal complaint. “He got out of the car, saw the damage, went to the gas station, texted his friend, telling his friend he hit deer and the deer died,” said Levy, speaking Saturday to Perez’s mother in the courtroom.

“After that your son looked online to get his windshield replaced. He also searched for hit-run incidents involving a woman.”

If released on bond, Levy ordered that Perez be placed on house arrest, and be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. He was also ordered to surrender his passport.

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