Police Investigate Stolen Car Crash

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Date/Time: 2/4/10, 6:45am

Location: East 21st Street and North 29th Avenue

Victim #1: Latonia R. Murray-Davis, B/F, DOB: 8/15/70, (bus passenger transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries)

Victim #2 Ezell Collins, B/M, DOB: 7/11/62, 1003 North 29th Street, Tampa (pedestrian waiting for bus transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries)

Suspect Description: B/M in late 20's early 30's with a thin build, 5'9, 140-160lbs, light skin with freckles and scars on his face, short hair, last seen wearing a grey hoodie and baggie charcoal jeans

Details: The suspect stole a car from 3001 Hudson Street overnight and then burglarized several cars. An officer spotted the stolen 1995 burgundy Nissan Altima shortly after the suspect burglarized a car at McBerry Street and 19th Street. The officer began to pursue the car south on 19th Street. The suspect vehicle eventually turned south onto 21st Street. It was attempting to pass a Hart bus as it turned north onto 29th Avenue. The car was passing on the inside and clipped the driver side front end of the bus which caused the stolen vehicle to crash into a telephone pole. The suspect bailed out of the car and fled on foot. Officers set up a perimeter, but the suspect managed to get away. The search continues for the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813 231-6130.

A female passenger on the bus suffered bumps and bruises and was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital for observation. A man waiting for a bus at 21st Street and 29th Avenue suffered a minor injury to his ankle. He was also transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. Officers are working to determine if he was hit by a piece of flying debris from the crash or if he sprained his ankle running from the crash scene.

Laura McElroy