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Police: Woman caused collision attempting to kill 2-year-old, self

CLEARWATER — A St. Petersburg woman has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery after she told police she deliberately caused a car crash to kill herself and a 2-year-old boy, authorities said.

Tiffany Drake, 39, drove her vehicle into the back of a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority vehicle — not a bus, but a Chevy Malibu — at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

After the crash, Drake "made comments to responding officers about trying to kill herself and the 2-year-old child found in the vehicle with her," police said.

Neither Drake nor her 2-year-old passenger were hurt, though the boy was taken to All Children's Hospital as a precaution, police said.

The child's identity and his relationship to Drake were not disclosed because he is a juvenile.

PSTA vehicle driver David Dunbar, 61, received minor injuries. His passenger, Daniel McSweeney, 51, received more serious but not life-threatening injuries, Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

Police said Drake was driving on Keene Road when she "stepped on the gas" and reached a speed of up to 50 mph before "intentionally ramming" the PSTA car at the intersection of Keene and Druid roads.