December 6, 2021

Davenport man, 67, dies of injuries from crash involving car stolen in Tampa

A 67-year-old Davenport man died Saturday from injuries he received Wednesday in a four-vehicle crash west of Walt Disney World involving a Honda SUV stolen from Tampa.

The victim suffered critical injuries when the stolen car vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the driver’s side door of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck he was driving, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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The agency did not release the name of the victim because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2018 that is meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been made available under Florida’s public records law.

The collision occurred about 1:40 p.m. at U.S. 192 and Westside Boulevard in Osceola County. The drivers of two other SUVs received minor injuries when the impact caused a chain reaction.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, 16, also received critical injuries, troopers said. He was later arrested on charges of fleeing to elude, grand theft auto and auto burglary. The Tampa Bay Times is not naming him because of his age.

Two passengers also were arrested. Jonathan Desroches, 19, faces charges of auto burglary and was found in possession of a handgun when arrested. Additional guns were found in the vehicle, police said. Alonso Maxine, 18, also faces charges of auto burglary. Neither was wearing a seatbelt but they were not injured.

All three suspects are from Orlando.

Tampa police were investigating reports Wednesday of a half-dozen vehicle burglaries believed to be connected to a stolen white, 2017 Honda CR-V. A gun had been taken in one of the burglaries. Police spotted the vehicle about 1 p.m. and began a pursuit by land and air.

The car entered Interstate 4 and police pulled off, continuing to track the vehicle by air with help from the Highway Patrol and a Polk County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The collision occurred about 45 minutes later, six miles northwest of I-4.

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