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Stolen Mercedes kills woman in St. Pete collision; driver being sought

St. Petersburg police are looking for the driver of the stolen vehicle who ran from the crash scene.
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Published Jan. 18, 2020
Updated Jan. 22, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG ⁠— Police are searching for the driver of a stolen Mercedes that struck another vehicle on Saturday, killing a 27-year-old woman.

The crash took place at about 10:14 a.m. at Ninth Avenue S and 40th Street S.

A silver Chevrolet Malibu was headed north on 40th Street S. A Mercedes traveling west on Ninth Avenue S ran a stop sign and crashed into the Chevy, police said.

The driver of the Mercedes ran from the crash scene, said St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez. Investigators are looking into whether another vehicle picked up the Mercedes driver.

Two women in the Chevy were injured and taken to a hospital. The passenger, Saniya Dixon, later died of her injuries, police said. Police did not release the name of the injured driver.

Fernandez said the Mercedes was stolen a week ago in St. Petersburg. No other details about the driver or stolen vehicle were released.

St. Petersburg police are seeking the public’s help in this case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780. They can also send an anonymous text by texting “SPPD” and the information to TIP-411.