Man Charged in Crash That Left 12-Year-Old Cyclist Critical

A Miami man accused of leaving the scene of a crash that left a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle critically injured is facing a charge, police said.

AC Jovani Herrera, 20, was arrested Saturday on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash causing serious bodily injury, according to an arrest report.

The report said the boy was riding a bicycle in the area of Northwest 14th Avenue near Northwest 29th Street Saturday evening when he was struck by a gray Toyota Corolla driven by Herrera.

Witnesses said the car fled the scene but later returned, and Herrera “immediately exited the driver seat and raised his hands and apologized profusely,” the report said.

An officer wrote that it was possible Herrera was under the influence of drugs “due to an odor of marijuana coming from vehicle,” but Herrera performed the field sobriety exercises and “there was no evidence of any impairment,” the report said. Herrera later told investigators he took his eyes off the road for a few seconds, the report said.

The boy was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition with severe head trauma, the report said.

Herrera appeared in bond court Monday where his attorney said he has no prior arrests. He was ordered held on $7,500 bond with house arrest and told not to drive while the case is pending.