At approximately 10:08 PM on Friday, November 6, 2015, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a speeding vehicle in Dunedin. The 2000 Ford Crown Victoria was driving eastbound on Causeway Blvd at a high rate of speed according to investigators.
According to Corporal Spencer Gross, Public Information Officer for PCSO, the deputy did not pursue the vehicle. The Ford continued at a high rate of speed eastbound and struck a 2005 Nissan Murano that was traveling southbound on Alternate 19. The Crown Victoria struck a second vehicle, a 2014 Freightliner, “Jolly Trolley”, at the same intersection and continued southbound on Alternate 19 to Palm Blvd where the vehicle was abandoned. In the arrest affidavit, it indicates that a black handgun and a spent shell casing was found in the Ford.
Responding deputies located 24-year-old Sophia Hill and 21-year-old Kendyll Jacobs both from Holiday, Florida. Hill was identified as the registered owner of the Crown Victoria. Hill and Jacobs initially claimed that they had been carjacked at gunpoint prior to the crash. Through various investigative techniques, investigators were able to determine that Hill and Jacobs were being untruthful and both of them were in fact passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver who was known to them had fled the scene on foot.
K-9 deputies searched the area for the driver of the Crown Victoria but they were unable to locate the suspect.
The driver of the Nissan Murano, a 50 year-old Dunedin woman and two juvenile passengers, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Mease Dunedin Hospital.
The driver and the four passengers on the “Jolley Trolley” were all uninjured.
Sophia Hill was treated at Florida Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was arrested for false report to law enforcement and resisting an officer without violence. Kendyll Jacobs was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact and resisting an officer without violence.
Hill and Jacobs were transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
The suspected driver of the vehicle was arrested at about 2 PM on Tuesday, November 11, 2015. He has been identified as 22 year-old Kirk Ryan Mayberry of Holiday. According to investigators, he was arrested at a construction site in Clearwater after they developed probable cause.
Mayberry was charged with 2 counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, fleeing and eluding and felon in possession of a firearm.
The investigation continues.