Three people were killed in a wrong-way crash involving a rideshare driver and a stolen vehicle on a Florida bridge.
The accident occurred on the night of Dec. 6 on Interstate 275 at the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Officers were dispatched to assist Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies in regards to a stolen Ford Mustang that they had unsuccessfully attempted to intercept.
The driver, identified as 22-year-old Leosvany Roman, is suspected of hitting two HCSO vehicles before fleeing the scene, according to the sheriff's office.
According to FHP, Roman was leading officers on a pursuit when he collided with an FHP officer's vehicle, swerved and rammed the vehicle again, then sped away and collided head-on with a Dodge Caravan. .
The driver, identified by FHP as an Uber operator, was pronounced dead at the scene along with one of his three passengers, and the second passenger later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
“This criminal had no regard for human life. Faced with danger, our deputies had to jump in front of the man, fearing he would be run over in order to escape,” HCSO said. Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “With the additional charges he faces, the only path he will take again will be straight to prison.”
The driver of the Dodge was identified as a 33-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida. The passenger, who died at the scene, is believed to be a 52-year-old man from Ohio.
FHP said it could not confirm whether the driver of the Dodge was working for Uber at the time.
Uber said in a statement to Fox News Digital that it had no records of the trip and that the accident “does not appear to be related to the Uber platform.”
Last reported, a 24-year-old passenger from Ohio was seriously injured, and a 27-year-old police officer, a two-year veteran of the department, also suffered minor injuries in the incident, FHP said. . He said.
Roman is charged with felony murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and eluding death, driving on a suspended license causing death, and assault on a law enforcement officer.