A teenager was arrested after police say she failed to report the death of a prominent Galveston doctor who was allegedly hit and killed by the car she owned last week.
Cianna Mims, 18, was taken into custody Friday evening in San Antonio by the San Antonio Police Department and Galveston Police Department investigators, according to officials. Mims was later booked into the Galveston County Jail, and has since been released on bond.
Dr. Nancy Hughes, 67, died in the crash. She was out cycling when she was struck. She was found dead on March 18 just after 6:30 a.m. on a sidewalk on the far east side of the Seawall in Galveston, her bicycle at her side.
Court documents released in the case show Mims’ parents Delve and Teri Mims spoke with a Galveston detective about their daughter’s silver 2015 Mercedes. The couple said they saw their daughter’s vehicle the night prior to the hit-and-run and it was not damaged, and then the day after. The mother said the next day – after her daughter and boyfriend Logan Llewellyn returned from Galveston – the vehicle had front-end damage, including a broken windshield, headlight lens, and damage to the front driver’s side body of the vehicle.
Mims’ parents said their daughter told them that she was sleeping in the back of the car when Llewellyn hit a deer and damaged the vehicle, documents show. Teri Mims, documents show, told police that the car didn’t have blood or hair on it that would indicate they had hit a deer. Mims’ mother also provided photos of the car before and after the damage.
Police found the vehicle in an RV park in Seguin where Mims and Llewellyn lived. Police said that the car had recently had its windshield replaced, and they found purple paint on the car, which is the same color as the bike that was hit.
According to court documents, when police located the vehicle and asked Llewellyn if he knew why police were there, he told the detective that he hit something in Galveston on the Seawall and later learned it was a person. Llewellyn was read his rights but was not interviewed at the scene at Llewellyn’s request.
Llewellyn was arrested and faced Galveston County Magistrate Judge Stephen Baker on Monday on charges of an accident involving injury or death. His bond was set for $200,000. He sought a lower bond but was denied. Llewellyn remained in the Guadalupe County Jail in Seguin on Saturday, awaiting extradition to Galveston. No hearing has yet been set.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Galveston County Crime Stoppers’ Anonymous Tip Line at 409-763-TIPS.