Driver trying to hit two pedestrians crashes, dies, vehicle torn in two

TAMPA - A female driver trying to run over pedestrians on a Tampa sidewalk ended up dead in a single vehicle crash early Friday morning, according to Tampa Police.

Officials say that earlier this morning, officers responded to a fight between two women at Interstate Lounge at 9403 Nebraska Ave.

When they arrived, they learned one of the women, 25-year-old Kathleen Trombley drove away from the scene along with 38-year-old Patrick Simmons.

An officer and several witnesses saw Trombley driving south on the 5200 th block of N Nebraska Avenue when she sped up, drove onto a sidewalk and tried to hit two male pedestrians unrelated to the confrontation at the lounge.

One person jumped out of the way while the other was knocked to the ground.

The suspect made a u-turn on Nebraska Avenue and fled south. 

The officer began following the suspect on Nebraska Avenue, attempting to catch up with her.

Trombley ran the red light at Busch Boulevard, turned off her headlights and began to drive at a high rate of speed. 

She lost control just south of Hillsborough Avenue and crashed into a pole at East Frierson Avenue. 

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The passenger in the vehicle, Simmons, suffered a broken leg and was taken to the hospital.

The two pedestrians were not injured.

Nebraska Avenue between Hillsborough Avenue and Shadowlawn Avenue will remain closed throughout the morning rush hour while officers investigate the crash.


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