Charges Dropped in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Cancer Survivor

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    Charges were dropped Thursday against a woman who prosecutors say was behind the wheel during a fatal hit-and-run crash in Miami last year. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo reports. (Published Thursday, Jul 31, 2014)

    Charges were dropped Thursday against a woman who prosecutors say was behind the wheel during a fatal hit-and-run crash in Miami last year.

    Joy Terry Lee Clayton had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the March 22, 2013 crash that killed 52-year-old Ana Mares.

    Reached by phone Thursday, sister Adriana Mares said she was upset the charges were dropped.

    Police said Mares was struck by Clayton's 2010 Mazda G3 as she was crossing Brickell Bay Drive near 8th Street. She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she later died.

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    Family members told NBC 6 that Mares had beaten breast cancer and had been getting back into shape.

    The damaged car was turned in to police in May 2013, and Clayton surrendered to police in August.

    The charges against Clayton were dropped after prosecutors said they couldn't disprove her claim that she thought a bottle had been thrown at her windshield, the Miami Herald reported.

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