TAMPA — They were old friends from South Florida. He moved to Tampa. She drove up to visit.
Early Monday, Quia Richardson, 20, and Antwon Wint, 26, died when their car crashed into a concrete utility pole just east of Busch Gardens.
Richardson of Wellington was driving the Dodge Charger, said Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn. Witnesses told police the car appeared to be speeding and flipped several times before it crashed at 2:39 a.m.
The car was left almost unrecognizable, a mess of mangled metal that shut down the eastbound lanes of Busch Boulevard near 56th Street for five hours.
Records from Palm Beach County Court show that Richardson had various traffic infractions, including speeding tickets. Her license had been suspended.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Meanwhile, two mothers are grieving. Noileen Richardson, the mother of the driver, spoke to Wint's mother Monday afternoon.
"She's mourning," Noileen Richardson said. "It's hard. It's very hard. You lose two young ones like that. …"
Quia Richardson was her mother's only daughter. She shared a birthday with her grandmother, which they celebrated five days ago.
Wint, who lived in an apartment on Interbay Boulevard, had a little girl. On his MySpace.com profile, he called his mother his hero.
Richardson's mother said she doesn't know the circumstances of the crash.
"All I can say is, please remember to respect both families," she said. "Those two kids belonged to someone."
Times researcher John Martin and staff writer Brant James contributed to this report. Alexandra Zayas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3354.