Pensacola hit and run suspect held without bond

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — A driver accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a woman in Pensacola made her first court appearance in the case on Monday.

Police say 41-year-old Cherri Baker was one of three drivers involved in a crash Saturday night on Cervantes Street near 19th Avenue.

31-year-old Neilimar Sanchez-Nielson, a passenger in one of the cars, was killed.

Police say Baker left the scene but was arrested a short time later. She’s charged with DUI and hit and run.

At Monday’s hearing, a judge said Baker should be held without bond until her next court appearance on Tuesday.

In an arrest report, Pensacola Police say when they arrived on scene at 19th and Cervantes Saturday evening, they found 31-year-old Neilimar Sanchez- Nielsen unresponsive and trapped inside her vehicle. She was later prounced dead, her husban Brian Nielsen survived. 

Police say witnesses told them Baker left the scene of the crash, one witness followed her about four blocks away and told him she was scared. Baker then took off on foot and was later caught by police at a house on Brainerd Street where she does not live. When police searched Baker’s phone, they found that Baker had texted a friend to come pick her up. She also told the friend, “The cops are here, I’m hiding.”

Police say they could smell the alcohal on Baker and she admitted to smoking Marijuana. Police say she was emotional and admitted to being the driver of the vehicle and involved in the crash.

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