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Police investigating fatal high-speed crash in south St. Petersburg

Published Apr. 10, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — A man speeding down 34th Street S early Saturday rear-ended a car at a stoplight, killing himself and injuring two other drivers including one whose car caught fire.

According to St. Petersburg police, Kelvin Santana, 27, was driving his 2010 Audi A4 south toward 22nd Avenue S at about 3:30 a.m. At the intersection, Santana rammed his car into a 2000 Ford SUV driven by 31-year-old Corey Heaven waiting at the stoplight.

The impact caused the Ford to hit a 2006 Honda with Willie Carson, 50, at the wheel, police said. The Ford caught fire, and a passer-by pulled Heaven out of the car as flames engulfed the interior.

The men were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where Santana was pronounced dead, according to police. Heaven and Carson were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation and reopened at about 10:30 a.m., said police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.

Investigators said Santana's high rate of speed was a factor in the severity of the crash. Results of a toxicology report on Santana are pending.