News: Driver flees from St. Pete police, causing crash that injures 2


ST. PETERSBURG, FL – An 11-year-old girl and another passenger from a minivan were sent to the hospital after they were struck by a speeding driver who ran a red light while fleeing from police. 

WTSP said the events leading up to this crash started at 9 a.m. on Monday when a St. Petersburg officer tried to pull over the speeding driver on 1st Avenue South, who was operating a Mercedes SUV without a valid tag that was said to have been temporary and fake. The Mercedes driver — 19-year-old Ajaye Morrer — ignored the offer’s order and drove away, thus initiating the pursuit. 

A short time after driving away, Morrer then struck the minivan on 31st Street South. The chase was terminated, and Morrer was apprehended by police. 

Authorities, who indicated that Morrer did not wear a seatbelt, will face numerous charges, the most significant being “two counts of leaving the scene of a crash causing serious bodily injury and aggravated fleeing and eluding.” 

Additional information from ABC Action News shows that the minivan was a Honda model. While officials did not say if the van was damaged, they did say that the girl was left in serious condition. The preteen, along with the other minivan occupant, were taken to Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital. 

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