St. Pete police ID suspect in fatal crash

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Police are looking for a 27-year-old man in connection with the fiery crash that left three women dead early Thursday.

Investigators made the announcement as families of the deceased women gather for a prayer vigil at the scene of the crash, 9th Avenue South and 16th Street.

Police are looking for Marquice Lamonz Anderson, whose last known address was 527 52nd Ave. S., and is described as 6-foot-4 and weighing 205 pounds, police said. He has a Gloria tattoo on his right forearm and, Sylvia and Domonque on his left forearm.

Police said Anderson is now clean shaven and sometimes frequents the area of 15 Avenue South and 49th Street.

Anderson is wanted on outstanding warrants for vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, driving while his license is suspended or revoked involving death, and violation of probation.

Investigators have identified Anderson as the driver of the 2012 Chrysler, four-door sedan that struck a 2004 Saturn at 9th Avenue South and 16th Street resulting in the deaths of Briana Campbell, Jamesia Lang, and the driver, Grace Collier.

Anderson has been arrested several times on drug–related charges and was on probation for such at the time of this accident, police said.

Anyone with information regarding Anderson is asked to contact Special Deputy Chris Herron of the U.S. Marshals Service at 727-639-1167. A cash reward is available for information leading to Anderson's arrest.

Even as the family was grieving for two young women killed in that accident -- 23-year-old Campbell and 21-year-old Lang -- relatives got more bad news this morning about the one young lady who had survived. Collier died at the hospital.

"That was our last hope that she would pull through... that we could have somebody living from this tragic accident," said Reginald Campbell, her uncle. "We're a family that's torn apart. It hurt so many lives."

The crash happened about 3 a.m. at the corner of 9th Avenue South and 16th Street. Investigators believe a Chrysler sedan was speeding southbound, the wrong direction, down 16th Street South. The three women were in a Saturn were on 9th Ave South trying to make a left turn onto 16th when investigators say they were hit. The collision caused the gas tank of the Saturn to explode, police said.

If they do not find their suspect by later this afternoon, St. Petersburg police say they will likely release the suspect's name and photo to the public hoping someone may be able to tell detectives where he can be found.

Campbell says even as friends and family gathered to grieve at his Gulfport home for the two women killed , they got more bad news.

The parents of 25-year-old Collier, the lone survivor of the crash, let them know "She's not gonna make it," said Campbell. Collier was believed to have been the driver of the Saturn.

"They told us she had kidney failure. They told us she was on life support and she wasn't responding to life support. She wasn't breathing on her own. It was just bad. She was very sick she was very messed up from the accident," he said.

Campbell said the family had decided to remove Collier from life support, but that even late in the afternoon, the 25-year-old's mother was still at her daughter's bedside at Tampa General Hospital.

"She can't leave. She can't let go of her daughter. She don't want to let go," he said. "Everyone was there to say their last goodbyes. Just to pray for everybody and to tell her goodbye."

All three of the young women had children of their own. Today, they were playing in the front yard of the family home occasionally asking questions. The older ones – being told - their mothers are now angels.

"We don't want to give them too much right now," said Campbell. "But we know in due time we're gonna have to tell them everything."

St. Petersburg police spent the afternoon looking for the suspected driver of the hit-and-run vehicle that struck the girls' car.

Family members say that's their immediate priority: catching the suspect and and getting him off the streets.

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