Police: Teen drove stolen SUV into home, killing woman

Neighbor recalls deadly crash into home: 'He has to suffer consequences'

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist, News4Jax.com Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police identified a man Sunday accused of crashing a stolen SUV into a 66-year-old woman’s home in February, killing her while she watched TV.

Sarah Ruth Joshua died Feb. 7 when an SUV driven by Dayshon Davaris Brown, 19, crashed into her Moncrief home and struck her while she was sitting on a couch, police said.

It happened about 10 p.m. at a home near the intersection of West 31st and Pearce streets.

The silver 2004 Lincoln Aviator smashed through a concrete-block wall into the den area, struck Joshua and continued through the home into the backyard, police said. The driver then ran away, police said.

Joshua was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 43-year-old nephew, who was elsewhere in the house, was not injured, police said.

Brown was arrested Saturday and now faces charges of auto theft and leaving the scene of a traffic crash involving a death.

“The sound alone was terrifying -- sitting in my living room to hear such horrible noise,” said a neighbor of the victim, who asked not to be named.

The fact that Brown has been jailed brings a sense of closure for the neighbor.

“(I heard) screams from her nephew who lived in the home,” the unidentified woman said. “It was really horrible.”

She remembers the night well.

“First, I tried to make sure the scene was secure, because I didn't know what had happened,” she said. “So I was just trying to make sure it wasn't dangerous for me before going out.”

The woman said she headed to Joshua's home after hearing the crash.

“Honestly he has to suffer the consequences for this,” the neighbor told News4Jax. “I do feel for his family, because not only did Ms. Sarah lose her family, (but) they're getting ready to lose a member of theirs. But it was a choice that he made.”

The home was condemned after the crash.

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