2 killed, one hurt in fiery hit-and-run crash

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The St. Petersburg Police Department is searching for the driver of a deadly hit and run accident at the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 16th Street around 3 a.m. Thursday.

When officers arrived at the scene they found one of the cars unoccupied and the other completely on fire.

"It happened so fast. I just seen a car go this way a car trying to turn up and the car nip it and the car spin and then flames," said witness Bayboi Peoples.

Cell phone video shows one car engulfed in flames, but in accordance with the 10 News Crime Guidelines, we have chosen not to show that footage.

Investigators believe the Chrysler sedan was speeding in the wrong direction down 16th Street South.

Three women in the Saturn were on 9th Ave South trying to make a left turn onto 16th when investigators say they were hit and that the driver of the Chrysler took off.

Witnesses explained that a good Samaritan stepped in to help, but it was too late to save them all.

"Just a random guy -- he tried to save them. That girl actually made it. She was in the passenger seat, she made it, but the other two they are dead," said Peoples.

The woman who was found 15 feet in front of the car was flown to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of severe burns.

Police are still working to identify the victims and the suspect.

Investigators said that they have received information that the Chrysler was seen leaving the Club One South Bar at 1833 1st Avenue South just before the crash. They have spoken with the registered owner of the car to see who may have had custody of the car at the time of the accident.

Efforts to locate the hit and run driver are ongoing.


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