Police have arrested a man on murder charges in the death of a mother of two found in a car that struck a telephone pole early Tuesday.
Jacksonville police said Kevin Jones, the victim's estranged boyfriend, stabbed Latoya Jones and strangled her.
Latoya Jones, who is not related to the suspect, was found dead in the car at Broward and Clark roads in the Highlands area on the Northside. Police said an officer was driving along Clark Road when he saw the car that had driven into the pole.
Investigators said Kevin Jones called police to turn himself in because he was afraid the victim's family would assume that he was the one responsible.
"They have had a dating relationship in the past, and he is currently on probation for a 2009 burglary to the victim's residence, and as part of that sentencing, (he) was not to have any contact with her," said Assistant Chief Annie Smith, of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police said Kevin Jones didn't follow those orders. Investigators said he admitted getting into a fight with Latoya Jones at her apartment. He told police he stabbed her and then forced her to drive to the hospital, but then changed his mind and wouldn't let her.
Police said the two continued to argue, and Kevin Jones told investigators he choked Latoya Jones until she lost consciousness.
Police said that at that point, the car began to drift off the road, and Kevin Jones jumped out and watched the car crash into the telephone pole before he fled the scene.
Lindsey Johnson said words can't begin to describe her shock and pain knowing that her friend Latoya Jones, the mother of a 7-year-old and 2-year-old, was killed.
"I just miss everything about her, you know what I mean?" Johnson said. "Our kids played together all the time. We did everything together.
"She's a wonderful woman. She's a great mother, a really good friend, and she's going to be missed very much by a lot of people," Johnson said.