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Teen charged in fatal crash (St Petersburg, FL - How could this happen alert)
Tampa Bay News 9 TV ^ | February 2, 2006 | BayNews9

Posted on 02/03/2006 5:39:09 AM PST by devane617

A teenage driver dodged police twice before eventually slamming her car into a cab early Thursday morning, killing its driver.

St. Petersburg police said they tried to stop 18-year-old Leyana Rich twice for erratic driving and speeding, once on Wednesday afternoon, and again early Thursday morning.

Both stops failed, and at about 2 a.m. Thursday she barreled through an intersection and T-boned the cab.

St. Petersburg Police Department Spokesman Bill Proffitt explained why officers opted not to pursue Rich the first two times.

"We have a pretty strict pursuit policy," Profitt said. "We only pursue for violent felonies, and it's my understanding this was not in that category. It could have been a traffic stop. I'm not sure, but it wasn't enough cause for us to pursue."

Police said early Thursday morning Rich was traveling north on 47th street without headlights when she ran a stop sign and slammed into the cab. The cab flipped and hit two trees before smashing into the porch of a house.

Paramedics pronounced the 53-year-old driver, who worked for Independent Cab, dead on the scene. The cab driver's name hasn't been released because his family hasn't been notified yet.

Officers said they found a large amount of cocaine and marijuana in Rich's rental car, but there is no indication she was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Rich, of 2600 29th Ave. N., is charged with vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license and possession of cocaine and marijuana. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $35,000 bond, with her first court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Rich was also arrested on Jan. 22 on charges of driving with a suspended license and possession of controlled substance. Rich's father, John Rich, told Bay News 9 she's a former straight-A student who fell in with the wrong crowd.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: fatal; teen; wreck
This girl was bad news. The police had so many chances to prevent this accident.
1 posted on 02/03/2006 5:39:11 AM PST by devane617
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Lots of chances they tried. Not the police's fault in this at all.


2 posted on 02/03/2006 5:44:30 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: devane617
It may have been a "damned if you do, damned it you don't" situation. If they had engaged in a high-speed chase or any aggressive action to stop her and an accident occurred, there would be community outrage. Still, with all the technology available, you'd think there would have been a safe way to stop her. Sad.
3 posted on 02/03/2006 5:45:53 AM PST by Chanticleer (May you be gruntled and combobulated in 2006.)
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To: devane617
" ... The police had so many chances to prevent this accident."


Bad police! Bad, bad, police!





4 posted on 02/03/2006 5:49:16 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: devane617

They should have beaten her to death for "resisting arrest" when they pulled her out of the car.


5 posted on 02/03/2006 5:51:00 AM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: devane617

damn


6 posted on 02/03/2006 5:58:44 AM PST by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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Leyana Rich, 12, has attended the program for five years. Rich said it is not like going to school because there is more freedom and teens do not have to sit at a desk all day. She said a person can be active and not bored.

Is this our happy camper?

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 9, 1999

7 posted on 02/03/2006 6:09:58 AM PST by F-117A
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The police had so many chances to prevent this accident.

I'm sorry. I just don't understand this remark. Police don't try or sentence, their powers of detention are limited. I can't figure out what chances the police had.

8 posted on 02/03/2006 6:23:11 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Allahu Fubar! (with apologies to Sheik Yerbouty) and a Vang-Comp 870 for the ragheads!)
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I was refering to the previous two days when "stops" were attempted for traffic violations. With modern communications I would think this person would have been easy to find a few mile down the road.


9 posted on 02/03/2006 6:24:57 AM PST by devane617 (An Alley-Cat mind is a terrible thing to waste)
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Well, I sure don't understand what "tried to stop" means in the article. Haven't these folks heard of Yoda? ;)

As for being "easy to find a few miles down the road", I dunno. You put out a BOLO and describe the vehicle and the tag and all, and hope that the cops aren't otherwise engaged at the time she passes them.

10 posted on 02/03/2006 7:31:19 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Allahu Fubar! (with apologies to Sheik Yerbouty) and a Vang-Comp 870 for the ragheads!)
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I work in St. Pete. this is tragic. however, the hands of our police, etc. are being tied by the sensitive left-wing crackheads who are in power. how dare our police infringe upon a criminal's civil rights. they have to be so careful what they do anymore to ensure they are not sued or fired. It's sickening.


11 posted on 02/03/2006 7:34:58 AM PST by immigration lady (there are no atheists in foxholes.)
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All police fault.Where are the parents in this matter? I know they are heart broken and will never over come their grief and, I am so sorry for them.Just shows how our society
is becoming so broken down.
12 posted on 02/03/2006 12:57:55 PM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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Rich's father, John Rich, told Bay News 9 she's a former straight-A student who fell in with the wrong crowd.

Damn shame, if true. But wrong crowd or not, she had freedom of choice every step of the way.

13 posted on 02/03/2006 1:00:02 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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