A Panama City Beach woman accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident faces prison time if convicted. Police say 23-year-old Juliana Ellzey hit a woman with her vehicle after partying at a nearby bar.
Ellzey was arrested last January after a police confession revealed in court on Tuesday. The state alleges Ellzey of hitting 26-year old Allison Simms while driving. Ellzey was reportedly out with her roommate, where they had been drinking heavily.
The accident took place on the eastbound lane of South Thomas Drive, in front of the Boardwalk Beach Resort. On that day, Ellzey never came forward about the incident, but her roommates did notice a difference in her attitude.
"She seemed very spaced out like something was on her mind. She kept rocking back and forth," Brittany Smith said.
Smith, who lent Ellzey her Silver Chevy Trailblazer, noticed the damages the next day and notified police.
Ellzey was later questioned at the Panama City Beach Police Department; after an hour and half of questioning, investigators made a break through.
"I didn't know I hit anybody honestly," Ellzey said. "Well what did you think?" Sgt. Tommy Anderson asked.
"I don't know, thought maybe I had just hit a cone or something." Ellzey answered.
"Hit a cone?" Anderson asked.
"It didn't seem that bad; I was pretty drunk." Ellzey said.
In court, the state also revealed a piece of the Trailblazer's bumper that was found on the scene. Pictures show the car was missing part of its bumper; blood was also located and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing.
An expert in the case linked the blood to the victim, Allison Simms.
On Wednesday, the defense will wrap up their arguments and then it will be up to a jury to decide Ellzey's guilt.