A 30-year-old man faces a homicide charge after the Florida Highway Patrol says his reckless driving caused a crash that killed another driver. Three other people were injured, including a 3-year-old girl riding with the man who died.
The crash happened Thursday morning on Ninth Avenue Northwest at 75th Street Northwest. Troopers said four vehicles were involved.
Bran-don Mulrain-Williams of Bradenton is facing a felony charge of vehicular homicide, according to the FHP, which says Mulrain-Williams caused the crash.
A 43-year-old Bradenton man driving one of the cars, Petro Chyshkevych, was killed. A 3-year-old girl in Chyshkevych's car was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with minor injuries, the FHP said.
Troopers said Mulrain-Williams was southbound on 75th Street in a Chevrolet Cobalt, approaching Ninth Avenue, when he tried to pass an Audi driven by an 18-year-old woman in the left turn lane. Mulrain-Williams maneuvered into the southbound lane of 75th Street, attempting to pass the Audi, but his car's right front tire hit the Audi's left rear tire, FHP said.
Then, the Cobalt flipped, striking Chyshkevych's Toyota Solara with its roof, troopers said.
The Solara, which had been southbound on 75th Street, traveled onto the west shoulder of the road, hitting a tree before it stopped. Glass from Mulrain-Williams' Cobalt landed on the roof of a Jaguar that was stopped at the light on eastbound Ninth Avenue.
Mulrain-Williams was taken to Blake Medical Center with minor injuries, troopers reported. The driver of the Jaguar was not injured.
The intersection remained taped off by investigators for hours. Several vehicles were pulled off to the side of the road near the scene, and a family stood at the corner of Eighth Avenue Northwest, a block south of the crash.
Lesa Snipes-Williams was one of the women staring at the mangled remains of the fatal crash. She said her niece was driving the Audi to tennis practice when the crash happened.
Snipes-Williams said her niece's arm was injured, but the injury wasn't serious. She was glad, however, that several other drivers stopped to help.
"There were so many people that got out of their cars and really embraced her, made sure she was OK. It's really a blessing," Snipes-Williams said.
But what her niece told her she heard at the scene hit Snipes-Williams the hardest.
"My niece said she could hear the little girl calling out, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy,' " Snipes-Williams said.