Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday for the man suspected of driving a BMW that killed a 22-year-old man on a motorized scooter in a hit-and-run crash nearly four months ago.
Broward Judge John Hurley set the bond and other conditions for Scott L. Roman following a lengthy first-appearance court hearing.
Roman, 47, was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale condo Monday. He was booked into the Broward Main Jail on charges of failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with evidence.
It was about 10:45 p.m. May 11 when Joseph Deverson was hit on Powerline Road north of Oakland Park Boulevard. Near Deverson's wrecked Go-Ped, authorities found a side mirror from the car that hit him.
Deverson was declared brain dead a day later, removed from life support and his organs donated.
"It's awesome to hear, but it's just an arrest, which means it's the start of a whole new process," Deverson's sister, Jessica Deverson, said Monday afternoon. "There's a really long road that we're now going to go down that includes a trial, justice and punishment. It's a step in the right direction, though."
As Deverson's family kept a bedside vigil at Broward Health Medical Center, an observant employee of Roman's oceanfront condominium led authorities to a damaged white BMW-6 series that investigators believe hit Deverson.
The condo employee had seen news reports of the hit-run crash and noticed the white BMW with front-end damage and a missing passenger-side mirror return to The Palms, 2100 N. Ocean Blvd., the same night as the crash, Concepcion said.
The luxury car is thought to have left Georgie's Alibi, a Wilton Manors bar, sometime after 10 p.m., authorities said.
If Roman is released on bond, Hurley further ordered that he be held under house arrest with a GPS monitor, that he surrender his passport, not travel to any port facility, operate a motor vehicle or drink alcohol.
Family members of Deverson attended Tuesday's court hearing.
The youngest of three children, Deverson graduated from Northeast High School and worked at an Oakland Park motor repair shop. His death saved three lives thanks to organ donation, Jessica Deverson said.
"Somebody out there has his heart, and it's keeping them alive," Jessica Deverson, 30, told the Sun Sentinel. "Joe was 22, handsome, a great brother who loved his dog and fishing. And he's dead now. Nobody deserves to be hit by a car and left on the side of the road all alone."