Mt. Vernon-Enola graduate dies in hit-and-run; driver charged with murder

BRYANT — A 20-year-old female victim in a hit-and-run incident has died. 

Bryant police confirmed the young woman died Friday morning after she succumbed to injuries she received when she was struck by a vehicle in a Target parking lot on Thursday.

 

The woman was Mt. Vernon-Enola graduate Heather Danielle Baker, although police have not officially released her name. 


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Marcus Dorsey, 39, was in court Thursday morning. A detective testified that Dorsey said that prior to the incident he had been smoking sherm and drinking alcohol. The detective also told the court Dorsey said he accelerated when he saw the woman in the parking lot.

Dorsey has been charged with First Degree Murder, four counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and one count of Driving on a Suspended License. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Police say Dorsey first struck at least three vehicles on Interstate 30 before he took the Alcoa Road exit and sped through the parking lot of the Alcoa Exchange shopping center. Surveillance video shows the white pickup truck did not slow down after leaving the interstate. 

After the young woman was hit by the truck, police say she was dragged approximately 70 feet. 

A Target employee who witnessed the hit-and-run called 911 and followed the truck to a nearby apartment complex. Dorsey was arrested a short time later. 

KATV contributed to this report.

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