Moments after Tampa Police officers spotted a stolen 2013 gray Hyundai Genesis this afternoon, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. Officers did not engage in a pursuit; however, the Genesis, traveling southbound on N. 28th St, ran through a stop sign and struck a 2005 Jeep Liberty in the intersection of E. 26th Ave and N. 28th St, causing it to overturn.
The occupant of the Genesis, described only as a juvenile black male, fled on foot.
The Jeep was occupied by an adult female driver, adult female passenger, and a young child. The female passenger was ejected and under the overturned Jeep. Tampa Police were joined by Good Samaritans from the community attempting to assist the women and child. Community members worked with officers to lift the vehicle and free the female passenger from under the Jeep. She was then transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, the child and driver appear to be uninjured.
Additional officers quickly established a perimeter, attempting to locate the suspect who fled. They have not yet been able to locate him.
It is early in the investigation and detectives are working to identify the occupant of the stolen Genesis. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay at 800.873.TIPS.