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Two people killed in Gulf Boulevard crash in St. Pete Beach

A vehicle sits crumpled on a ledge outside the Alden Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach after a two-vehicle crash Friday night.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

A vehicle sits crumpled on a ledge outside the Alden Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach after a two-vehicle crash Friday night.

ST. PETE BEACH — Two people were killed Friday night in a fiery two-vehicle crash on Gulf Boulevard.

The crash occurred outside the Alden Beach Resort, 5900 Gulf Blvd., at 8:45 p.m., officials said.

St. Pete Beach police Chief David Romine said the crash occurred as a sport utility vehicle was speeding south on Gulf Boulevard. An officer going north on a motorcycle saw the speeding SUV, turned around and turned on his lights.

At that point, the SUV struck a car that was pulling out of the hotel. Both vehicles overturned, and the SUV wound up on top of a large fountain in front of the hotel and caught fire.

"As soon as he put his lights on, almost at that instant, that's when the accident happened," Romine said.

He said a man and a woman in the car were killed. The driver of the SUV was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Romine said the dead man is from Tampa and the woman is not from the area. He said the driver of the SUV is from Gulfport. Their identities were not released late Friday night.

Andre O'Keefe, 17, a host at Snapper's restaurant across the street, said he was serving customers when he saw police lights, then heard the crash.

"It sounded like a little bomb going off," he said.

He and others ran to the scene to assist. Witnesses scooped water out of the fountain to help put out the SUV fire.

Two people killed in Gulf Boulevard crash in St. Pete Beach 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:56pm]
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