2 killed, 1 flown to TGH after St. Pete hit-and-run - FOX 13 News

2 killed, 1 flown to TGH after St. Pete hit-and-run

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Police say two people are dead and a third injured after a fiery hit-and-run crash overnight. They are still looking for the wrong-way driver responsible for the crash.

It happened around 3 a.m. at 9th Avenue South and 16th Street. Police say two cars were involved, a Chrysler sedan and a Saturn.

Investigators believe the Chrysler was driving the wrong way and speeding down 16th Street when it collided with the Saturn, which had just turned left onto 16th from 9th Avenue.

The Saturn’s gas tank ruptured on impact, setting the car on fire.

First responders said the car was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Two of the three women inside were killed in the fire.

The third woman, however, was found lying about 15 feet in front of the car. She was still alive, but had severe burns and internal injuries.

Police later identified her as Grace Lashawn Collier, 25. They believe she was behind the wheel.

Jeremiah Cobbs told FOX 13 he and a few friends saw the crash, and were the ones who pulled Collier to safety.

"They were like, 'Help me Jeremiah; there are a couple of girls in the car', so we grabbed the one girl out of the passenger's side," he explained. "We were pulling -- there were a couple of us -- and we got her where she was laying outside of the car."

Cobbs said they were trying to do the same for the others, but the tank ignited and it was too late.

Collier was airlifted to the Tampa General Hospital, where she was still in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The other two victims were later identified as Briana Lequinda Campbell, 23, and Jamesia Chera Santoria Lang, 21.

As for the Chrysler, first responders said it had been abandoned by the time they arrived. It’s not been confirmed, but they believe the driver may not have had a front-seat passenger riding along at the time of the crash.

Someone told police they saw the Chrysler leaving Club One South Bar, located on 1st Avenue South, sometime before the crash.

Investigators have contacted the registered owner, and are looking into who may have been behind the wheel when this happened.

FOX 13 will continue with updates as they become available.

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