Driver in suspected drunken crash that killed teen, grandmother pleads not guilty

Andrea Schneider faces DUI manslaughter charges after March crash

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 21-year-old Boca Raton woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of DUI manslaughter.

Andrea Schneider was arrested last week in connection with a March 30 crash that killed a 17-year-old girl and her grandmother.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said a Dodge Avenger was traveling east on Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach when it went out of control and veered into the opposite lanes. It collided with three vehicles, including a Nissan Altima driven by Breanha Free-Baker.

The teenage girl and her 61-year-old grandmother, Robyn Underwood, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Schneider, who was driving the Avenger, was injured and taken to Broward Health North.

Traffic homicide detectives said evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate Schneider was speeding.

Michele Free-Baker, 40, was in the car with her daughter and mother at the time of the wreck. She was in the courtroom during Tuesday's hearing.

"I don't have memories of it, but one of the memories I have is holding her hand and slowly letting go and feeling her fingers … and I remember seeing my mom with her head to her chest," she told Local 10 News.

Court records show Schneider was serving probation for a misdemeanor trespassing charge in 2018. She was also arrested by Fort Lauderdale police on a drug possesion charge in 2017.

Schneider is expected back in court at the end of the month.

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