On March 10, 2009 at approximately 2323 hours, officers received a call to the 15400 block of Chenal Parkway.
When officers arrived they located a black Lexus overturned in a ditch, occupied by the driver, Mr. Benjamin Franklin Swindell (W/M 19 Y.O.A.). Mr. Andrew Ward (W/M 17 Y.O.A.) was a passenger in the vehicle. Emergency workers then located Ms. Nikki Powell (W/F 17 Y.O.A.) who had been pulled from the vehicle by Mr. Ward, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Swindell was driving eastbound on Chenal Parkway at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle while going around a curve and went into the ditch. Mr. Swendell was transported to Baptist Hospital Emergency Room by MEMS with not-life-threatening injures. Mr. Ward was transported to Baptist Hospital Emergency Room with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing. No charges at this time and alcohol is a factor. Ms. Powell’s mother was notified of her daughter’s passing.