TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two men and a woman died Sunday evening when the Jeep Grand Cherokee they were traveling in crashed into a concrete wall a short distance from a convenience store where police believe they had just stolen beer.
Detectives are waiting to interview Kenneth Edward Crouse, 41, of Tampa, who remained in critical condition on Monday. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
The other victims had still not been identified Monday morning. Police believe a woman, who was ejected from the vehicle, was the driver. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she later died. The other two died at the scene.
According to Tampa police, the group was involved in a beer theft at a Tampa 7-Eleven store around 8 p.m. Sunday. They fled at a high rate of speed and the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while trying to move around a slower car and slammed into the wall near a cemetery. The Jeep flipped over and came to rest after rolling several feet into the westbound lane of Columbus Avenue.
A witness told Tampa TV stations that he Jeep was going very fast before the crash.
No other motorists were injured.
Police said the driver and passengers were not wearing seatbelts.