A 19-year-old Wilkinsburg woman was killed in St. Petersburg, Fla., after an attempted armed robbery and high-speed police chase ended when the car she was in slammed into a tree, police said.
Dijon Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene on March 21, according to St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt.
He said she was in Florida on a long spring break.
Just 15 to 20 minutes earlier, the driver, Alfonso Mackey, 31, and an unidentified suspect attempted an armed robbery of the store, police said.
When the Family Dollar cashier was too nervous to open the register, Mr. Mackey, of St. Petersburg, fired a shot and grabbed cigarettes from under the counter. The shot did not strike anyone and it was not clear if it was intentional, Mr. Proffitt said.
Mr. Mackey and the other suspect drove off, but it was not clear if Ms. Jackson was in the car at the time. Police first spotted Ms. Jackson in the car about ten minutes after the robbery, police said.
It is not clear if Ms. Jackson was involved in the robbery or what her relationship with Mr. Mackey was.
The second suspect has not yet been identified by police and Mr. Mackey, who is still hospitalized, has not cooperated with investigators, Mr. Proffitt said. "There are still a lot of details we are trying to figure out."