FORT MYERS, FL. -- Kyla Dion Nesmith, 40 of Fort Myers is dead after a crash in Fort Myers on busy US 41. Nesmith was a passenger in a 1997 Chevy Cavalier, and died after a high speed chase about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the Chevy in the area of US-41 and Broadway for illegally tinted windows. The vehicle failed to stop, fleeing northbound on US-41 at a high rate of speed.
As the vehicle fled northbound on US-41, the Trooper discontinued the attempt to stop the vehicle. Moments later it lost control crossing over the raised median of US-41 and overturned onto the southbound lanes of US-41 south of Sanibel Blvd.
While overturning, it struck the front of a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The Chevy came to final rest on the southbound lanes of US-41, overturned on its roof, just south of Sanibel Blvd. The passenger Kyla Nesmith was deceased on scene, and the driver critically injured.
The driver of the Chevy was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver of the Toyota truck, Paul, Robert, Jenkins, 42 of Cape Coral suffered minor injuries.
Nesmith and the Chevy driver were not wearing seatbelts according to Trooper Sherry Rongish and homicide investigator Corporal Jeff Rongish.
Update: The identity of the 27-year Chevy driver had been withhteld, due to pending next of kin notification. He has now been identified at Shannon Omar Mitchell of Orlando. On November 28 he was released from the hospital and arrested for vehicular homicide, possession of cocaine, fleeing to elude and suspended drivers license.