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Mother of woman who crashed car into Lauderdale Lakes home says area wasn't well lit

Public defender says Nicole Bailey didn't run from crash scene that injured 2

Nicole Bailey is accused of crashing her Volkswagen Jetta into a Lauderdale Lakes house.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The mother of a 21-year-old woman who crashed her car into a Lauderdale Lakes home early Thursday morning defended her daughter as she faced a judge Friday.

Nicole Bailey is accused of leaving the scene of a crash after her Volkswagen Jetta plowed into a home at the corner of Northwest 52nd Avenue and Northwest 39th Street about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Bailey's mother told Broward County Judge John Hurley that the area wasn't well lit, contributing to the crash.

"It was a very sharp curve," Bailey's mother said. "The home sits right here along the sharp curve. It was very dark."

Bailey's public defender said his client never left the scene.

"She was looking for something," he told Hurley. "She came back. It's not like she just ran off."

The car crashed into a front window, through the living room and into the kitchen.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said Bailey left the scene but returned a short time later wearing nothing but a bra and pants. Deputies said they also found marijuana in her car.

Two roommates were injured by debris and glass but were expected to be OK.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Bailey's bond was set at $1,000, which her family was expected to pay.

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