ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – St. Pete Police are investigating a hit and run crash that left two people dead and one critically injured at 9th Avenue South and 16th Street early Thursday morning.
Police say investigators believe a Chrysler 4-door sedan was heading southbound in the northbound lanes of 16th Street at a high rate of speed just before 3 a.m. and hit a Saturn heading east bound on 9th Avenue South that was turning left on to 16th street. Police say three women were inside the Saturn. According to Police Spokesperson Mike Puetz, there may have been a front seat passenger along with the driver of the Chrysler, but that has not been confirmed yet.
As a result of the impact, police say the gas tank to the Saturn ruptured and the car was fully engulfed in flames by the time first officer arrived on the scene. Police say that officer reported that one of the women in the Saturn was lying about 15 feet in front of the car, but the other two occupants remained in the car and due to the flames could not be rescued.
Police say the surviving occupant of the Saturn was transported to Tampa GeneralHospital where she underwent surgery and was last listed in critical condition with burns to her lower body and internal injuries.
Police say the driver of the Chrysler had already fled from the car and could not be located. Information was received by investigators that prior to the crash the Chrysler had been seen leaving a club on 1st Avenue South, Puetz said.
Investigators have made contact with the registered owner of the Chrysler to see who may have had custody of the car at the time of the accident, police said.
We’ll pass along more updates when they become available.