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Best Friends: One Lives, One Dies in Tragic St. Petersburg Car Crash


Posted on May 15, 2013

On Friday, April 19, 2013, a St. Petersburg car crash claimed the life of a teenage girl. According to police, the accident occurred around 6:55 p.m. Friday evening in northeast St. Petersburg on 40th Avenue NE.

There were two teenage girls traveling in a Ford SUV when the deadly crash took place. According to friends and family, the girls were best friends, both age 16, and students at Northeast High School. They spent many Friday nights together and much of their free time hanging out together.

Christina Shiver, the newly licensed driver, survived the crash and walked away with minor injuries. Alexia Douglas, the passenger, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. According to St. Petersburg police, the Ford Escape was traveling west on 40th Avenue Northeast in the 1300 block when it crashed into a guardrail, causing Alexia’s death.

Reports have surfaced that Christina was distracted just prior to the crash and that she had stopped looking at the roadway for a moment. It is not known what she was looking at and what caused her distraction. Because of that, she veered the SUV to the right of the road where the car jumped a curb and went up onto a sidewalk and onto the concrete barriers. Sadly, the metal guardrails punctured the vehicle on the passenger’s side and killed Alexia upon impact.

Alexia’s funeral took place Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Park Street Baptist Church, 3901 Park St. North, St. Petersburg.

The Mallard Law Firm is deeply saddened to hear about this tragic death and extends our condolences to the family and friends of Alexia during this time.

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