September 28, 2023
Ashanti Slater

A girl has been arrested in a 2022 hit-and-run crash that killed a person close to UF Well being-The Villages Hospital.

Edward William Sivak, 52, of Summerfield, was killed on Aug. 1 when he was crossing U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and was hit by a automotive that fled the scene. Sivak, who was remembered as a Christian, a carpenter and the household comic, was pronounced useless on the scene. His physique was coated by a white sheet on the grim day of the investigation, which lasted a number of hours.

This previous week, 21-year-old Ashanti Janayia Slater of Gulfport, Miss. was arrested on a warrant charging her with felony hit and run in reference to Sivak’s demise.

The body was draped in a white sheet Monday morning near UF Health The Villages Hospital
The physique was draped in a white sheet on Aug. 1, 2022 close to UF Well being-The Villages Hospital.

On the day of the crash, Slater had been staying on the Vacation Inn Categorical at The Villages. She had been on the wheel of a silver 2016 Buick Verano with Mississippi license plates when she hit Sivak on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 about 20 toes north of Bella Cruz Drive. She later instructed the Florida Freeway Patrol that she was “unaware” that her automobile struck a pedestrian.

As an alternative of stopping, she went to the Walmart at Summerfield and picked up her boyfriend, who had been staying along with her on the Vacation Inn Categorical. They drove again to the crash scene “and noticed a physique on the bottom,” in line with a charging doc on file in Sumter County Court docket.

Edward William Sivak
Edward William Sivak

She returned to the Vacation Inn Categorical and she or he referred to as her mom, who instructed her to return to the scene of the accident.

When Slater returned to the scene half-hour after the accident, FHP took a blood pattern from the entrance of her Buick. It was despatched for testing to the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement. When the outcomes got here again, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The boyfriend was interviewed by investigators and he stated that once they drove again to the accident scene, Slater “knew it was an individual.”

Sivak, a local of New Jersey, left behind a daughter, grandson, two brothers and his mom. In his youth, he constructed a church playground in pursuit of his Eagle Scout rank.