UPDATE: Victim, suspect identified in accident on Cervantes Street in Pensacola

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Update Sunday, March 3, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Pensacola Police have identified a woman who died in an accident that happened on Cervantes Street in Pensacola on Saturday evening. They also identified a suspect who fled the scene of the accident. 

The following is a press release from Pensacola Police:

Pensacola Police have released the names of people involved in a fatal traffic crash that occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday just east of the intersection of Cervantes Street and 19th Avenue.
The fatality – Neilimar Sanchez-Nielson, 31, of Pensacola – was the wife and passenger in a 2012 Honda Accord driven by her husband Brian Nielson, 35, of Pensacola. Sanchez-Nielson died at the scene.
Brian Nielson was eastbound on Cervantes Street when his vehicle struck a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Troy Gibson, 46, of Milton who was westbound on Cervantes Street.
A third vehicle driven by Cherri Baker, 41, of Pensacola was also involved in the crash. Baker left the scene but was found a short time later after police received a tip on the vehicle’s location. Baker, who was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with fatal injuries and driving under the influence.
Gibson and two passengers in his vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The crash remains under investigation, and additional charges are pending.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer Tony Garza at 436-1946

Original Story Saturday March, 2 2019

Pensacola Police are investigating a deadly hit and run accident on Cervantes Street and 18th Avenue. 

Police say at least one person died and others were injured in a multiple vehicle accident Saturday evening. The vehicle police believe likely caused the accident left the scene. That vehicle came to a final stop at Perry Street and Bernard Street where the female driver ditched the vehicle and ran away. A good samaritan who followed the vehicle involved in the accident called police. Officers were able to take the female suspect into custody. Her identity has not been released. Police say the accident is still under investigation. Cervantes Street is closed at this time. 

Police have not identified the person killed in the accident. 


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