It’s very likely you’ve never heard of “toe tagging,” but it’s a potentially deadly game played out on the streets of St. Petersburg.
it almost cost a young man his life.
The young victim is going to have to learn how to walk again. The crash shattered his hip. His fiance blames a stupid game called “toe tagging.”
Early Sunday morning at MLK and Jasmine Way in St. Petersburg, TWO cars hit head-on.
The impact crushed Leonard “L.A.” Hills’ Camry and sent him to the emergency room at Bayfront Health.
“He’s not doing too good. He’s in a lot of pain. His hip, he can’t really move the left side of his bottom too much without having guidance,” said his fiancé, T’angela Carbart.
She said this crash is the result of “toe tagging.”
“They have a line full of cars where they go down the streets and they race through red lights. They’ll try to swerve between traffic. It all depends on who can beat who,” she explained.
It’s a big game of what used to be called “chicken.”
“Who is the fasted car that can get in the front of the line. And who can dodge cars in and out of traffic,” said Carbart.
St. Petersburg police cited the other driver, a 17-year-old, for being on the wrong side of the road.
“Was two cars. They were racing. That’s what he said. He believed the other car was going about 100 mph. ‘Cause he was going about 40,” said Carbart.
At the crash scene, bits of glass, crime scene tape and scuffed pavement mark the spot where the cars collided.
While St. Petersburg police aren’t pointing their fingers at toe tagging, Carbart is convinced, and she has a message to young people who participate.
“Toe tagging is not a good thing. It is not fun. It’s not exciting. It doesn’t give you a thrill. It can kill you. It can harm you and other people,” she said.
L.A. Hills has a long rehab ahead, plus a wedding and being a dad to his 2-year-old daughter.
A St. Petersburg police spokeswoman said the definition of “toe tagging” seems to depend on who you ask.
A YouTube video describes it as young girls driving around town after a party.
In this case, it may have happened after a prom.