MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A 13-year-old boy accused of driving into two women and a baby in Miami Beach and fleeing the scene faced a judge Monday.
Jamie Pinol learned he would be placed on home detention with a GPS ankle monitor.
At his hearing, the judge recommended he turn his life around. “This young man had 27 absences from school last year and his grades stink,” the judge said.
Tensions ran high in court, one day after Pinol, a Nautilus Middle School student, allegedly stole his stepfather’s Cadillac and hit two women with a 3-month-old baby in Miami Beach before fleeing the scene.
The judge scolded Pinol’s uncle for speaking out of turn. “Sir, sir, we may be kiddie court, but we are a courtroom,” he said.
Pinol now faces two felony charges for leaving the scene of the crash.
His stepfather says he and the teen’s mom are doing the best they can to raise Pinol.
“We haven’t strong-armed him, but we’ve been as strict as possible,” the stepfather said
The arrest report reveals Pinol was driving west on 77th Street and attempted to make a left turn onto Dickens Avenue when he hit the family in the crosswalk, at around 4:30 p.m., Sunday.
Witnesses said Pinol then reversed his car and took off.
Police caught up with him several blocks away, on 75th Street and Carlyle Avenue, and placed him under arrest.
One woman and the baby suffered some bruises while the other woman suffered a fractured hip and head laceration.
All three were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. “I don’t understand how anyone can do something like that,” said Jonny Pinzon, a family member of the victims, through a translator.
Pinol will be back in court in a few weeks for his trial.
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