Detectives investigating woman’s death after vehicle forced off road

St. Petersburg Police Department photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – One woman is dead and another is at Bayfront Hospital Tuesday after a deadly hit and run in S. St. Petersburg. Police say it wasn’t a random accident and they’re looking for the driver who forced the car off the road.

April Morrow, family photo
April Morrow, family photo

April Morrow, 40, was the passenger in a Nissan Murano driven by her sister, Tina Morrow, 37. The Nissan was hit with such force that it veered into a telephone poll near the intersection of 16th Avenue South and Dr. Martin Luther King Street South around 3:20 a.m. this morning.

Police said the other vehicle forced the Morrows off the road.

April Morrow died around 11:30 a.m. at Bayfront Health. Her sister sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The other vehicle fled the scene. Detectives have found it but are still searching for the driver and anyone else who may have been inside.

Now, the mother of the women is trying to make sense of it all.

“I’m trying with all my might,” Melvina Sandy told News Channel 8 outside the family home. “I can’t really say. I’m just trying.”

She thought the two would survive the crash and so did St. Petersburg police. But then, late Tuesday morning, April took a turn for the worse. “I wish my daughter was back,” Sandy said. “I wish it had never happened.”

Start of the incident

Police say it began at the Obama Express Mart at 1400 18th Ave. South not long before the crash.

There were dozens of people involved in some type of brawl and whatever was said during the fight may have caused the crash.

“We believe that at least one person from each of those vehicles were somehow involved in this argument and then right after they left, it was just a short time that the accident happened,” St. Petersburg Police Department Spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said.


Back outside the family home, friends and relatives held each other close Tuesday night, knowing Tina will pull through and wishing April would have made it.

“They was good girls,” family friend Queen Williams said. “They didn’t bother no one, and I don’t think they deserved for that to happen.”

The family knows whoever is responsible will be brought to justice.


“You just have to have faith,” Williams said as she looked up to the sky. “Believe in God, trust in him and everything going to be alright.”

Investigators say they have spoken with witnesses. News Channel 8 was on hand at the Obama Express Mart Tuesday afternoon while investigators were getting surveillance video from the store owner.

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