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Family of hit and run victim speaks out
Rochester, N.Y. - The family of a hit and run victim, who is still fighting for her life, was shocked to see what the driver is accused of doing just before Wednesdays crash.
Not only has her state drivers license been suspended nearly two dozen times, 32-year-old Keara Baker allegedly told police she smoked 12 bags of crack cocaine just before she got behind the wheel of a SUV.
According to court documents obtained by 13WHAM News, Baker struck a bicyclist on Clifford Avenue two times before she took off.
My daughter was hit from the back and she was drug several feet and you know, she could have gotten killed, the lady could have killed her, said Loretta Brown.
Seated in a wheelchair outside of Strong Memorial Hospital, Brown looked at the court documents that detail the crash. Police found her daughter, 41-year-old Mary Moore, bleeding in the street around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23.
Brown has spent every day since then, almost a week now, at her daughters side in the intensive care unit.
She had the nerve to remove the bike from under the car and then hit my daughter again? Brown was stunned, she couldnt believe it but the paperwork states the entire incident was captured by several surveillance cameras in the area.
According to court documents, the SUV struck Moore in the parking lane and Baker stopped to pull the bike out from under the vehicle. Police said the video then shows Baker step over the victim, get back into SUV and hit Moore a second time as she fled the scene.
She ran over my daughter twice? She ain't human this girl that hit my daughter must not be human. Brown said, What is she from out of space or something? A person like that don't got no heart.
Moore suffered serious head trauma, broken hips and ribs, a fractured spine and life threatening internal injuries. The mother of five is still in critical condition, scheduled to undergo brain surgery next week. If Moore recovers, Brown said doctors dont know if her daughter will be able to walk again.
Brown said she wants Baker to stay behind bars for a long time. It was ignorant, it was stupid and it was dumb of her to get behind that wheel and I feel no pity for her, I have no pity for her.
On Monday, six days after the crash, Baker was arrested at Strong Hospital, where she allegedly tried to check in under a different name.
In Rochester City Court Tuesday, Baker pled not guilty to felony charges that include Assault 2nd Degree and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident.
Baker, who gave birth to a baby the week of the crash, is now at the Monroe County Jail, held on $100,000 bond.