At 12:08 on Monday morning Nyasha Powell, a 24-year-old from Orlando, was behind the wheel of her sister’s Dodge Dart, driving along Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County. As she approached the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and 39th Street, she struck and killed a pedestrian, the 52-year-old Orlando Resident Denny Weaver. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, after the impact, Powell did not stop, but left the scene of the accident. 45 minutes later, Powell returned to the intersection and handed herself over to the police.
The incident is still under investigation, but the Florida Highway Patrol have issued a statement that details the facts of the case as they currently know them. The statement details how Weaver was standing in the center median before the accident. While he still faced a “don’t walk” sign, Weaver left the median and began to cross the street. This is the time when Powell was coming along the road. For reasons that are unclear, she did not see the crossing pedestrian. The accident was reported by unnamed sources to the police who arrived with emergency response teams shortly after the initial report.
Despite the best efforts of the first responders, Weaver was not able to be saved. He was declared dead at the scene. Powell, who had fled the accident and gone to an unknown location, returned to the scene of the accident. At first, there was some confusion over just who was driving the car as it is owned, not by Nyasha Powell, but her sister, the 21-year-old Ariel Powell. It did not take long, however, for this misunderstanding to be cleared up and for Nyasha Powell to be identified as the actual driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Naysha Powell is now facing charges of manslaughter and for leaving the scene of a crash, although it is not clear whether or not either of these charges will actually be taken to a court of law for a full deliberation. It is not known whether or not Weaver has any family that will wish to pursue this case any further, although it is entirely possible that this will be the case.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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