2 arrested after stolen-car crash killed woman, 89
The driver and passenger in the stolen vehicle that ran a stop light on Monday, crashing into two other vehicles and killing an 89-year-old woman, have been arrested, records show.
Seneca Howard, 33, and his passenger Deonte Jamel Bonvino Slaughter, 27, were arrested Monday evening, Howard on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and Slaughter on possession of meth with intent to distribute. Orlando police spokesman Sgt. David Baker said traffic homicide detectives are still working the crash investigation.
Howard was driving a stolen red Nissan Monday about 11:30 a.m. when he ran a red light at Central Boulevard and Westmoreland Drive, crashing into two other vehicles, Baker said. Sammie Lee Johnson, 89, was a passenger in a 2011 black Toyota fourdoor stopped at the intersection, when the vehicle was hit head-on, killing her, Baker said. The driver, Stephanie Denise House, 63, was severely injured and taken to the hospital. Baker said it was not immediately clear if the vehicle’s other passenger, Bruce Cedric Johnson, 61, was injured. The third passenger in the stolen red Nissan, Valkaria Beatrice Crawford, 28, was also severely injured, and was taken to the hospital, along with Howard and Slaughter. Crawford was not arrested.