Las Vegas hit and run victim speaks; baby returns to Utah

- LAS VEGAS, Nevada (ABC 4 Utah) – A Utah woman remained jailed Sunday accused of running over eight people in a hit and run accident, while her son was safely brought back to Utah by family members.

North Las Vegas Police believe 18-year-old Nyakueth Tear from Utah was impaired behind the wheel Friday when she caused the accident.

Surveillance video outside a Las Vegas church did not capture the emotions Rocio Chavez and her family experienced when they were hit by the car. Chavez spoke with ABC affiliate KTNV about the experience.

“It was really scary,” Chavez said to a KTNV reporter. “It was like a scary movie.”

Chavez is two months pregnant and still in a lot of pain. Her father-in-law has a broken arm, but they are healing.

“At least I am home and my baby is okay,” she said. “That is wonderful. That is the best part.”

Chavez’s family and friends had just left church services when Tear allegedly came crashing into them.

Eight victims were treated and released at a Las Vegas area hospital. One remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Chavez said she does not hold any hate toward Tear.

“I forgive her,” she added. “I just tell god to please be with her.”

Tear could face additional charges if test results show she had blood or alcohol in her system at the time of the accident.

Tear’s mother told ABC 4 Utah Reporter Cristina Rendon she traveled to Las Vegas to pick up her one-year-old grandson on Saturday night. As of Sunday evening, the woman claimed the boy was in good health in Salt Lake City.

The boy was initially reported missing after the crash and Tear’s arrest.

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