One killed, 2 injured in St. Pete traffic crash

Posted at 9:13 AM, Apr 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 13:18:13-04

One person died and two others were injured in a two-car crash at 22nd Avenue South and 34th Street in St. Petersburg early Saturday morning, authorities said.

At about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a 2010 Audi A4 driven by a man, whose name and age are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was traveling southbound on 34th Street South, a St. Petersburg Police Department news release states.

A 2000 Ford SUV driven by Corey Heaven, 31, also headed southbound on 34th Street, had stopped for the traffic signal at 22nd Avenue South. 

The Audi was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop. It slammed into the rear end of the Ford SUV, propelling the Ford into a 2006 Honda driven by Willie Cason, 50. The Honda also was stopped for the red traffic signal.

The Ford caught fire. Heaven was pulled out of the vehicle by a passerby as the interior went up in flames. 

All three drivers were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment. The Audi driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. Heaven and Cason were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed was a factor in the severity of the crash, the release states. Impairment of the Audi driver is unknown, pending the toxicology report.

The intersection has reopened within the last hour.