Fleeing from the police is against the law in many states and Florida is no exception. Prior to 2003, however, the charge was only a misdemeanor. Since 2003, a person who is willfully refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer is a third-degree felony offense. This is the case regardless of whether the police officer’s lights and sirens are activated. If convicted of the charge, there are numerous penalties a person may face. These include up to five years in a Florida state prison, mandatory suspension of driver’s license for between 1 and 5 years, and if the lights and sirens are activated, although charged with a third-degree felony, it will be treated as a first-degree felony under sentencing guidelines.
Click Orlando reports that one woman was killed when a stolen vehicle crashed and landed on top of their car. The crash happened on Monday at approximately 11:30 a.m. on West Central Boulevard and Westmoreland Drive in Orlando.
33-year-old Seneca Howard ran a red light while driving a stolen Nissan. He plowed into a white Hyundai, went airborne, flipping and then landing on a Toyota that had been stopped. Before this crash, Howard had crashed into a patrol vehicle at Westminster Drive and Coyler Street.
89-year-old Sammie Lee Johnson died as a result of her injuries. She was in the front passenger seat. The driver of the Toyota, Stephanie House, 63, suffered from serious injuries. A male in the back seat was not injured.
The driver of the Hyundai was not injured.
Howard was in the stolen vehicle along with 27-year-old Deronte Slaughter and 28-year-old Valkaria Crawford. Crawford was ejected from the vehicle and also suffered from serious injuries.
Slaughter and Howard were both taken into custody. In addition to a bag of MDMA that Howard took from Slaughter, a stolen black revolver was recovered from the stolen vehicle.