Have you seen this man? He is accused of crashing into a car that carried three women, all related, and then he left the scene, where two of the women died, and one has just been taken off of life support.
It happened in St. Petersburg, Florida last Friday evening.
The hit-and-run driver has been identified as Marquice Lamonz Anderson, 27, and police believe he is in hiding because he is aware that he is a wanted man.
Word of the ID came on Friday night as members of the community filled a city block, to light candles and remember the aunt and her two nieces — all three of them single mothers.
Investigators tell WFLA they are looking for Anderson, whose last known address was 527 52nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg. Anderson is 6’4″, 205 lbs., and has the tattoo GLORIA on his right forearm and SYLVIA and DOMONQUE on his left forearm. Police believe he often frequents the area of 15 Avenue South and 49th Street.
Anderson will face steep charges when he is caught, including Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, Driving While License is Suspended or Revoked Involving Death and Violation of Probation.
Anderson has a past peppered with numerous arrests on drug related charges and was on probation for such at the time of this accident.
Police believe Anderson was behind the wheel of the 2012 Chrysler 4 door sedan that hit a 2004 Saturn on the corner of 9 Avenue South and 16 Street South Thursday morning around 3:00 a.m. He took off, according to investigators.
Briana Campbell and Jamesia Lang died at the scene. Their aunt, Grace Collier, was taken off life support at Tampa General Friday afternoon and died just before 2 p.m.
“How could you sleep at night knowing that you just literally killed three young, single, beautiful black women that have kids,” said Lakeshia Wesley, Grace Collier’s sister and aunt to the other women.
Collier had two boys, Campbell had three children including twins, and Lang worked two jobs to support her young son.
“How can you tell six toddlers, really, some news like this? You can’t do that,” Wesley said. “I believe sooner or later when they start asking for their mom that’s when we’ll have to deal with that. Until it comes, we’re letting them just be kids.”
More than 200 people came to the corner of 9th and 16th Friday evening to light candles, say prayers, and donate money in support of the family.
“They say a family that prays together stays together,” said Terron Gland, a friend of the victims who organized the memorial. “From the bottom of our hearts, this is what we needed to do to help our communities and these families and these children these mothers left behind.”
Anyone with information regarding Anderson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Special Deputy Chris Herron of the U.S. Marshals Service at 727-639-1167. A cash reward is available for information leading to Anderson’s arrest.