BEAVER, Pa. (KDKA) — A man charged in a hit and run in Beaver County appeared in court Friday, but waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

His attorney says he wanted to spare the victim’s family.

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According to an eyewitness, the driver of a SUV in Beaver Falls on Seventh Avenue jumped the curb and traveled along the sidewalk where the vehicle hit a tree, a parking meter and a pedestrian, and never stopped. That was back on April 17 around 6:30 p.m.

Anthony Palmer says as soon as he heard the crash he jumped and started running toward the scene.

Anthony Darwin, 34, was behind the wheel.

The victim, 22-year-old Dakotah Boniphant, was left lying on the sidewalk with a severe head injury.

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“Dragged the guy about 20 feet down the sidewalk,” said Palmer. “He had a big gash on the back of his head. I took my shirt off to stop the bleeding.”

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“Mr. Darwin wants the young man to have a speedy recovery,” said defense attorney Blaine Jones. “We did not have a hearing today, which is Mr. Darwin’s right because Mr. Darwin did not want to put the family through the pain of reliving what happened.”

A teenager who was supposed to testify had there been a preliminary hearing was a passenger in the car with Darwin that night. He told police earlier he thought Darwin, who is from Pittsburghm, got lost in Beaver Falls and appeared to be falling asleep.

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Darwin is at the Beaver County Jail on a $75,000 straight bond.