Holiday Horror: Suspended Driver Kills Nurse in Front of Fiancé

Saturday, Nov 28, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM EDT
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Holiday Horror: Suspended Driver Kills Nurse in Front of Fiancé

Cops arrested the suspect at his Bronx home two hours after he allegedly ran over Powell.

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A suspended driver with a long rap sheet ran down and killed a woman crossing a Bronx street and then drove off, police say.

Sheldon Reid, who served two years behind bars for assault, was awaiting arraignment Saturday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and driving without a valid license. He's accused of hitting Sonya Powell Friday night as she and her fiancé were returning home from Christmas shopping, according to The New York Post.

Witness Dane Clarke told the Post the car "came out of nowhere" and hit Powell. He says he heard the driver say, "Oh, my God, oh, my God" after the crash.

The 40-year-old Powell, a Jamaica native who worked at the St. Francis nursing home in Riverdale, was pronounced dead on arrival at Jacobi Hospital. Her fiancé, David Sheppard, was in shock yesterday as he mourned the woman he was supposed to wed.

“I can’t believe it,” Sheppard told the Post before breaking down in tears.

Police tracked down the 28-year-old Reid and arrested him at his Bronx home about two hours after he crippled Powell and left her to die in the street. His telephone number rang unanswered Saturday morning, and police didn't know whether he had a lawyer.

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