Bryant hit-and-run victim identified as Heather Baker
By Janelle Lilley
The 20-year-old woman hit by a car while walking into a Saline County Target died from her injuries Friday.Heather Baker of Benton was thrown off the vehicle then dragged for dozens of feet and Med-flight airlifted to Baptist Hospital, but the Mount Vernon-Enola High School graduate died Friday morning from her injuries.Only hours before Baker's death, her accused killer, 39-year-old Marcus Dorsey went before a judge, charged with 1st degree battery."With that happening, that changed his charge from first degree battery to first degree murder," said Sgt. Todd Crowson.Investigators say Dorsey hit three cars on the interstate before driving into the parking lot. They say surveillance video shows he didn't hit his brakes, but in fact sped up, before hitting and dragging Baker.More information: Bryant hit and run suspect charged with murder"It's a horrific video, and you just hate to see what this young lady went through," said Crowson.Dorsey was arrested for public intoxication just two days before by the Bryant Police Department. According to the police report, Dorsey walked out of a building with his hands up and then laid on the ground. When the officer asked what he was doing reportedly told the officer 'you got me' and informed him that he was smoking a drug know as "sherm." Dorsey was booked on public intoxication, but released on his own recognizance. Police say they don't yet know if drugs were in his system at the time of Thursday's incident."He made a comment to the investigators about drugs and alcohol, but until we get his toxicology report back, we really can't confirm anything," said Crowson.Dorsey now faces charges of first degree murder, driving on a suspended license and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident. His bail is set at one million dollars.
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