Accused hit-and-run driver turns himself in

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The man accused of leaving the scene of a fiery car wreck that killed three young St. Petersburg mothers has turned himself in.

St. Petersburg police say around 11:20 Monday morning, 27-year-old Marquice Anderson walked into the Pinellas County Jail with his attorney. Anderson had been on the run since early Thursday morning, after a wreck in South St. Petersburg that killed Grace Collier, 25, Brianna Campbell, 23, and Jamesia Lang, 21, dead.

The family's reaction to word that Anderson had turned himself in was one of muted celebration.

"Thank God for that," said Reginald Campbell, the women's uncle. "We've been praying all weekend long that he'd turn himself in."

St. Petersburg police say detectives had been on the phone with Anderson over the weekend, and he had expressed interest in surrendering. But their phone call was interrupted and he declined to answer the phone again after they tried to call back.

That phone call led police to Anderson's girlfriend, 25-year-old Brittany Donar, who was at first cooperative, say police.

They say Donar is the one who rented the car involved in the accident. But police later determined that Donar was covering for Anderson. Donar was arrested Sunday, charged her with obstruction. A few hours after her release from jail on bond, Anderson turned himself in.

Anderson faces charges of vehicular homicide and driving without a license, as well as leaving the scene of an accident.

"We're glad he's off the street, and I'm sure the family is happy," said Sgt. Mike Puetz, spokesman for St. Pete police, "But I'm sure it's of little solace, and they have a lot of healing to do."

PHOTOS: Pictures from the crash scene


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