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A Florida driver caught on video ramming a pedestrian with his car in a supermarket parking lot was arrested on Tuesday.
Luis Alberto Ferri, 36, turned himself over to police after tipsters helped identify him from footage of the Feb. 23 incident, which shows Ferri allowing a pedestrian to walk in front of his vehicle in a Publix parking lot only to eventually accelerate in the victim’s direction, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. He then fled the scene.
Ferri’s “bizarre, cruel and reckless behavior” resulted in the victim’s leg being broken, the sheriff’s office added.
The suspect appeared in court on Wednesday, NBC Miami reports and faces an aggravated battery charge.
His lawyer requested a low bond on the grounds that Ferri turned himself in voluntarily. The attorney also said that Ferri acted in self-defense since he supposedly witnessed the victim, identified by local ABC affiliated WPLG as 46-year-old Angelo Ford, attack another person at a bus stop nearby before he accelerated into him, according to NBC Miami.
His bond was set at $50,000.
Ferri has a long rap sheet: he’s been arrested in the county for battery, possession of cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession of Xanax and violation of probation in the past, according to the sheriff’s office.
Ken Frankel, the attorney for the victim Ford, said his client is “not doing great” after the incident.
“He suffered a severe leg fracture, internal fixation hardware, limping around, crutches, can’t work,” he told WPLG on Wednesday.
Frankel added that it seemed like a “totally random” act.
“He doesn’t know who he was, has no idea why this accident happened,” he added, according to WPLG.
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