Community leader dies after car drives through home

Sarasota, Florida -- A woman fleeing from police after trying to break into her ex-boyfriend's home drove right into another woman's bedroom, killing her as she slept.

Just after 3:30 a.m., officers with the Sarasota Police Department were dispatched to a domestic burglary attempt at a home in 1700 block of 29th Street. 24-year-old Jakeilah Weeks had just broken into the home of her ex-boyfriend and then fled the area.

Officers began to question Weeks when she sped off in her car. Officers on foot ran to keep a visual on Weeks as she fled north on Maple Avenue and witnessed her crash into the home of 62-year-old Eleanor Ball.

The vehicle went through a side wall of the home and into the bedroom where Ball was sleeping, killing Ball.

Weeks was transported to the hospital and is facing charges of vehicular homicide.

Ball was a nutritionist at Sarasota Memorial for 31 years until she retired in 2005. After she retired from the hospital she became focused on trying to get the community and youth aware of their health through nutrition by acting as site facilitator for Truvine Teen Clinic.

She also served on the local and state Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and was a volunteer leader in their Relay for Life. Eleanor was also a board member of Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, chaired the African American Health Summit for four years, and was Director of Church Ministries at Truvine Missionary Baptist Church

"She was an awesome lady and has done great things for the youth since retiring from the hospital," said Ball's friend Stephanie Hall. "She was very into trying to get the youth in the community aware of their health."

"She gave me the opportunity for a job at the hospital and she is an awesome woman," said another friend, Alvin Baker. "She is an awesome woman of God. I know she is in a better place."


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