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Police: Tampa driver was airborne when she smashed through Sarasota home

TAMPA — A Tampa woman accused of fleeing Sarasota police when she veered into a house and killed the woman inside over the weekend was speeding so fast she was airborne when she smashed through the concrete-block structure, an arrest report released Monday shows.

The incident started early Saturday in the 1700 block of 29th Street in Sarasota. Investigators said Jakeilah R. Weeks, 24, of Tampa broke into the Sarasota home of an ex-boyfriend, Donta Carswell Jr., 23.

She was upset, police said, that Carswell was dating someone else. She slapped him several times and then locked herself in his house, where she started breaking things inside, an arrest report shows.

Police arrived just as Weeks was about to drive off. An officer banged on the window of her 2000 Oldsmobile to get her out, the report shows, but she drove off. Officers on foot ran after her car as it sped away and watched as she crashed into a home in the 1700 block of 32nd Street.

The arrest affidavit shows the cars was going at least 70 mph in a 25 mph zone when it struck the house and killed Eleanor Ball, 62, an avid volunteer in her community and church.

"Weeks was traveling so fast that she drove over a tall rigid curb, went airborne through a wooden privacy fence, a chain (link) fence, and through a block wall into the bedroom where Ball was," the arrest report states. "Weeks was airborne from the time she left the curb until she entered the house."

Weeks was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and was booked in the Sarasota County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, burglary, petty theft, resisting an officer without violence and two counts of battery.

"I interviewed Weeks," an officer wrote. "She was concerned because she had heard that someone had died inside the house she struck."

Police: Tampa driver was airborne when she smashed through Sarasota home 04/21/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:59pm]

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