Sarasota church mourns crash victim

Alleged driver charged with vehicular homicide

SARASOTA, Fla. - Truvine Missionary Baptist Church in Sarasota paid tribute to one of its own Sunday morning, after she was killed when a car crashed through her bedroom wall.

Police said Jakeilah Weeks, 24, was fleeing from them when she drove her car into Ball's home early Saturday morning. The home backs up to the dead end of Maple Avenue at 31st Street.

Authorities arrested Weeks and charged her with vehicular homicide.

Ball, 62, was an organist at her church. On Easter, the organ seat remained vacant.

Reverend Gregory Harris, Sr., and two other congregants lit several candles in honor of Ball, whom friends hailed as a leader in the community.

"To know her was to love her," Reverend Harris said.

Friend Lisa Merritt said Ball helped spearhead several community health initiatives.

"Innumerable health-related activities from areas of diabetes, cardiovascular disease," Merrit said. "We did a monthly cancer support group for cancer survivors."

Neighbors told ABC Action News that Ball had asked the city to erect a barrier between her home and the street. They said the city's response was to erect a traffic sign.

ABC Action News reached out to the city for comment. Officials said Saturday they would research the issue.

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