PINELLAS PARK -- A South Carolina mother was killed and four others were hospitalized in a police drug bust that went bad.
Officers with the Pinellas Park Police vice squad completed an undercover drug bust about 9 p.m. in a parking lot when the two male suspects involved in the drug buy sped away from a police maneuver attempting to block them in, said Capt. Sanfield Forseth. Police were unable to stop the car, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but did not chase it, Forseth said.
The Monte Carlo sped south on U.S. 19 and slammed into a Ford Taurus that was traveling on 70th Avenue North.
The driver of the Taurus, Nachenga E. Robinson, 32, of Florence, S.C., was killed. Her three children - Obadiah Y. Robinson, 11, I'on Robinson, 8, and Eric J. Robinson, 13, - and passenger Caroline Johnson, 51, were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available.
Barber Merriex The suspects -- identified late Thursday as Rashane D. Barber, 21, left, and Devonta T. Merriex, 20, right, both of St. Petersburg -- ran away but were caught and taken into custody.
Online jail records show Barber faces charges of resisting arrest, unlawful use of two-way communication device and multiple felony charges related to possessing and selling crack cocaine.
Merriex was charged with loitering and prowling as well as several felony charges for leaving the scene of a crash with injuries., records show.