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Tampa police released names of victims of a deadly crash on Columbus Dr

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa police released the names of all victims of the car crash that killed three people around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night while they were fleeing the scene of a crime.

Officers said they couldn't interview Kenneth Edward Crouse, 42, of Tampa, who is the only surviving victim of the crash. Officers couldn't identify the others because of the condition of their bodies, but they told us, there were two women and two men in the Jeep and one of the women was driving.

The two women who died because of the crash are Tonya Elizabeth Faris, 29, and Ashley Helen Thompson, 34, both Tampa residents. The police also identified the third victim, Steven Edward Cuervo, 40, of Tampa.

Tampa Police Spokeswoman Andrea Davis says four people in a Jeep Grand Cherokee had just stolen some beer from a 7-11 at 3434 West Columbus Drive and were fleeing the scene.  A clerk at the convenience store called police to report the theft. 

Moments later, another driver reported seeing the Jeep barreling down Columbus.  That driver, Lorenzo Monteagudo, swerved to get out of the way.  The Jeep lost control and crashed.  A witness says at least one person, a woman, was ejected.  Police say that woman, and two men, died at the scene.  Paramedics rushed a fourth person to the hospital. 

Monteagudo was not hurt, but says he tried to aid the woman who he saw thrown from the Jeep.  "I immediately went to check on the female that was ejected."  Monteagudo said.  "Checked for pulse.  She was still alive. She was in rough shape. Then I checked on anybody else in the vehicle." 

Columbus Drive from MacDill Avenue to Himes Avenue was closed while detectives reconstructed the crash.

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