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St. Pete police arrest woman who rented car involved in crash that killed three

ST. PETERSBURG — The girlfriend of a man wanted in connection with a hit-and-run crash last week that killed three women was arrested Sunday on charges that she misled investigators.

Police said Brittany Donar, 25, of St. Petersburg, had cooperated at first, but she later supplied them with false information. She faces charges of obstruction and being an accessory after the fact.

Police said Donar rented the Chrysler that her boyfriend, Marquice Anderson, 27, was driving when he sped the wrong way down 16th Street S and smashed into a Saturn early Thursday morning. The Saturn burst into flames. Police said Anderson got out of the Chrysler and ran away.

Police also believe Anderson had at least one passenger in the car with him at the time of the crash.

"I can't say whether or not (investigators) have made contact with that person, but we've accepted very early on that there was another person in that car," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Anderson was still at large late Sunday night. Puetz said investigators don't know if he has left the city. He faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

Police did not say exactly how Donar misled investigators. She was questioned at police headquarters Sunday night, then taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

She has an arrest record in Pinellas County. She was sentenced to a year in jail last year on a charge of providing false proof of auto insurance. She was released from jail on Christmas Day, court records show.

The women killed in the crash Thursday morning were all from the same family.

Cousins Briana Lequinda Campbell, 23, and Jamesia Chera Santoria, 21, died at the scene. Their aunt, Grace Collier, 25, died the next day at Tampa General Hospital.

The women, all three mothers, had been at Club 1 South that night for a girls' night out.

Campbell worked as a dietary aide in a nursing home. Collier worked as a hairdresser. And Santoria worked at JCPenney and Wendy's, and studied at St. Petersburg College.

Santoria's son is 5. Collier's children are 2 and 6. Campbell has a 1-year-old son and 3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.

Weston Phippen can be reached at wphippen@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8321. Follow him @westonphippen.

St. Pete police arrest woman who rented car involved in crash that killed three 06/29/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:39am]
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