2 die in fiery hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg

Posted by BAY NEWS 9 on June 26, 2014 

The second vehicle was unoccupied when authorities arrived to the scene. It is unknown how many people may have been in that vehicle. A search for the driver of the second vehicle is ongoing. BAY NEWS 9 PHOTO

ST. PETERSBURG -- Two women were killed early Thursday in a hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg.

And, according to St. Petersburg police, a third woman was badly burned in the crash that happened just before 3 a.m. at 16th Street South and 9th Avenue South.

The intersection was closed for several hours, reopening just before 9 a.m.

According to investigators, a Chrysler four-door sedan was heading south on 16th Street at a high rate of speed when it collided with a Saturn making a left turn onto 16th Street.

Officers responding to the crash said the Saturn was engulfed in flames when they arrived to the scene. The driver of the car, a woman, managed to make it out of the vehicle. Two other women in the saturn did not and died at the scene.

The woman who made it out of the car was flown to Tampa General Hospital with severe burns. She underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition with burns to her lower body and internal injuries.

The driver and any other occupants of the Chrysler had already got out of the car by the time police arrived and could not be located. An investigation after the crash revealed that the Chrysler had been seen leaving the Club One South Bar at 1833 1st Avenue South earlier in the evening.

Police 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.

Traffic homicide officials are investigating.

More details are expected to be released later.

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