Third victim of hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg dies

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on June 27, 2014 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The family of the third woman involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash earlier this week has taken her off life support.

Grace Lashawn Collier had been in the hospital since Thursday morning, when police said a Chrysler four-door sedan was speeding down 16th Street and crashed into the Saturn Collier was driving.

Collier, 25, was flown to Tampa General Hospital, where she underwent surgery for burns and internal injuries.

On Friday, her family decided to take her off life support. She died a short while later.

Two other women in the car, 24-year-old Briana Lequinda Campbell, and 21-year-old Jamesia Chera Santoria Lang, died at the scene. Earlier on Friday, police announced they had identified a suspect in the crash. More information is expected to be released later this afternoon.

According to investigators, a Chrysler four-door sedan was heading south on 16th Street at a high rate of speed when it collided with the Saturn the three women were in 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.

Collier managed to make it out of the vehicle with the help of a few men who were at a barbershop across the street. They also tried to pull the other women out.

"But she was stuck and then that's when the flames hit the roof and I started crying,” said Jeremiah Cobbs.

Campbell and both Lang died at the scene.

The driver and any other occupants of the Chrysler were already out of the car and had left the scene by the time police arrived. The owner of the Chrysler, who was not driving the car during the crash, is cooperating.

Meanwhile, family members are trying to make sense of the crash.

"It really hurts," said uncle Reginald Campbell.

He said he spoke with his nieces earlier on Wednesday and that they were excited to go out to a club.

The women had no idea they'd never see their children again.

"We look at the kids," said Campbell. "Briana, she had three kids and Grace had two and Jemesia had one little boy. And we just trying to, as a family, seeing how we going to get together and raise these kids."

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