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Woman drove 70 mph, crashed into Sarasota home, police say

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Jakeilah Weeks, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide, domestic battery, resisting arrest without violence, burglary, battery and petit theft. Jail booking photo Jakeilah Weeks, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide, domestic battery, resisting arrest without violence, burglary, battery and petit theft. Jail booking photo

Investigators say a Tampa woman got in a physical fight with her ex-boyfriend and the woman he was dating shortly before she plowed her car into a Sarasota home, killing a woman who was sleeping inside.

Documents released Monday reveal new details about the violent chain of events early Saturday morning in an urban Sarasota neighborhood.

Jakeilah Weeks, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Eleanor Ball, 62.

Investigators say Weeks was driving a silver 2000 Oldsmobile 70 mph down a residential street at around 3:16 a.m. Saturday when she drove over a tall curb, went airborne and crashed through a privacy fence and a chain link fence. Weeks' car then crashed through a block wall and into the bedroom where Ball was sleeping.

Investigators say Weeks' car was airborne from the moment it jumped the curb until it crashed into Ball's home located at 1728 32nd. St.

Just a few minutes before the crash, a Sarasota Police officer tried to stop Weeks from driving away.

At 3:09 a.m., police had responded to a battery call at 1719 29th St., which is a few blocks away from Ball's home.

Investigators say when they arrived, Donta Carswell Jr., 24, was lying on the ground face down in front of his apartment.

He told officers that Weeks went to his home because she was upset that they had broken up and he was now dating Jekeisha Joiner, age 18. Carswell said Weeks pulled up to his apartment, got out of her car and began hitting Joiner.

Carswell told officers he tried to break up the fight, but Weeks hit him in the face several times.

Carswell said that Weeks then ran into his apartment and locked the door behind her, then began destroying the house by throwing items around inside. She then ran to her car, which is when police arrived.

A Sarasota Police officer ordered Weeks to stop and banged on her window, but she drove off. The officer said in an arrest affidavit that Weeks accelerated to 70 mph and did not let off the gas.

Investigators say a short time later, she crashed into Ball's home, one of the officers witnessed it.

The arrest affidavit described the tragic manner in which Ball died.

"Officer Bales and I walked through what was once Ball's bedroom," an officer wrote in the affidavit.

"I observed Ball's body pinned in between the kitchen wall and the front of the Oldsmobile. Ball's body was partially under the car. I walked back through the home and observed that the Oldsmobile was all the way inside the home," wrote the officer.

Police later interviewed Weeks at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for injuries from the crash.

The arrest affidavit said that Weeks told an officer she was concerned that someone had died inside the house.

Hospital staff told police that a blood draw found that Weeks did not have any alcohol in her system.

Weeks was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, domestic battery, resisting arrest without violence, burglary, battery.

Weeks was also charged with petit theft. Police say she stole $200 from Jekeisha Joiner's purse when she was inside Carswell's apartment.

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