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Hit and run driver expected in court Monday morning

Hit and run driver expected in court Monday morning

By Denise Wong. CREATED Aug 12, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The 18-year-old woman accused of driving into a crowd of people who were leaving a church service is expected to face a judge Monday morning.

Nyakueth Tear is scheduled to appear via video for her 72-hour hearing at the Regional Justice Center.  She's due at 11 a.m. and will hear the charges filed against her which include felony hit and run and possible driving under the influence.

North Las Vegas Police say that Tear was driving on Losee Road around 11 p.m. Thursday night when she crashed her car into a crowd of eight pedestrians. 

They had just left service at Iglesia de Cristo.  Police say Tear got out of her car and looked at what happened and then fled.  They were able to catch up to her later and arrested her.

Seven of the crash victims, including a pregnant woman, have been released from the hospital.  Only one victim is still in the trauma center of the hospital. 

Many of the victims returned to the church on Sunday for evening services, including Sam Sosa, who said that he is not angry at the woman accused of hitting him with her car, but he is still shaken up.

"I don't really have much to say, but accidents happen you know.  I can't hate her, you understand, but she has also got to understand that there's people out there with families, friends, and everything," said Sosa.

Nyakueth Tear is also a mother with a one-year-old child.  That child is staying with his grandmother who told Action News by phone on Sunday that she is praying for her daughter who's been in jail.

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.

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