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$10K bond for Phoenix woman in fatal hit-and-run case

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PHOENIX -

There are new developments surrounding a deadly hit and run crash in north Phoenix.

Police say a 20-year-old woman ran down her boyfriend and then fled the scene.  Now court paperwork has revealed her side of the story.

According to police, Brittney Nolan says a cell phone distracted her as she drove early Saturday morning, causing her to lose control of her car.

At her initial appearance in Superior Court Monday, her bond was set at $10,000.

"You've been charged with one count of leaving the scene, a class two felony," said the judge.

At the scene Nolan allegedly left Saturday, there's a memorial for 20-year-old Jacob Rice, who was killed when he was hit by a 2010 black Nissan.

At the wheel of the Nissan, say police, was Nolan, who admitted to investigators she had drank alcohol earlier at a party, got into a fight with Rice as they drove home.  He got out of the car and walked away along Carefree Highway.

Nolan says while driving around looking for him, she hit something she thought was a pole and drove home.

Several hours later, Rice's body was found lying next to an electrical box.

"It's horrible.  He didn't even get the chance to live out the rest of his life," said Megan Smith, a friend of Jacob.

Friends say Rice, from New River, graduated from Boulder Creek High School two years ago.  He loved to rodeo and had a passion for roping, said friend Shag Morris.

"He was an awesome friend.  He was my only friend."

Rice's friends showed up to honor him with flowers, messages and good memories.

"He was a happy kid.  He wanted everybody in the room to be happy with him.  He didn't want sad faces.. no one frowning.  He wanted everybody to have a good time," said Morris.

Funeral arrangements for Jacob Rice have not yet been announced.

Brittney Nolan was assigned a public defender. She is due back in court February 3rd for a status conference.

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