Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody after an overnight hit-and-run crash in Tampa.
According to Tampa police, the crash happened at N. 34th Street and E. Lake Avenue Sunday at 11:30 p.m.
Officers said 35-year-old Rico Taylor was speeding when he ran the red light and drove through the intersection, colliding into a maroon Chevrolet sedan.
Two of the occupants of the Chevy, Michael Wimbly, 28, and Tyronda Sampson, 24, were killed instantly in the crash. Sampson's 3-year-old son survived the crash with no injuries. The child was securely strapped in an infant seat.
"If there's one positive message that really comes out of a very horrendous tragic situation which this crash is is the fact a 3-year-old child survived with absolutely no injuries for the sole reason that he was properly restrained in a car seat," said TPD Lt. Ricardo Unitas. "The two other occupants of that very same vehicle were killed instantly."
Police said Taylor, who lives near the crash scene, was found on foot walking toward his home. Taylor is facing charges of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and driving on a suspended license.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said. The force of the collision pushed the Chevy into a third car. The occupant of that vehicle suffered minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.