A driver fleeing law enforcement in Florida this week ended up triggering an accident involving three other vehicles, resulting in the deaths of four people, including himself, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspect was identified as Riquelme Villar-Villalona, 35, according to FOX 13 of Tampa.
“If Villalona had survived the crash, he would have been charged with three counts of vehicle homicide,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters at a news conference.
“If Villalona had survived the accident, he would have been charged with three counts of vehicle homicide.”
The incident began when authorities received a 911 call about a possible abduction in Poinciana, the sheriff said.
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“If you do not stop them, I think he will kill her. I am dead serious. Please let someone stop the vehicle she was bleeding,” the caller said, according to the sheriff’s office, FOX 13 reported.
Authorities determined that the caller was referring to Villar-Villalona’s girlfriend, who was later placed in a hospital. But immediately after the 911 call, deputies suspected the woman could be inside Villar-Villalona’s vehicle, FOX 13 reported.
When a deputy saw Villar-Villalona’s black Mazda heading south, out of Poinciana, the deputy tried to tow the vehicle, FOX 13 reported.
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Instead of pulling over, the suspect hurried away while the deputy interrupted the pursuit but followed at a safe distance, the sheriff said.
In the end, Villar-Villalona crashed his vehicle into a black Ford pickup, causing it to collide with a silver Toyota Tacoma. Meanwhile, Villar-Villalona’s vehicle went into the air and hit a Ford Escape, FOX 13 reported.
Villar-Villalona was “instantly killed” when he was thrown from his vehicle, which had its roof torn off in the crash, according to authorities.
Also killed on the spot were the driver and a passenger of the Escape, while two other passengers in the vehicle were injured, FOX 13 reported. The driver of the Tacoma was injured and later died at a hospital, the report said.
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The four passengers in the pickup were unharmed, the report reads.
Judd said the suspect’s girlfriend has not cooperated with authorities as they continue to investigate the case.
None of the other drivers or passengers in vehicles were identified, FOX 13 reported.