St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2020-002508
Date of original release: 01-18-20

Fatality hit & run crash 9 Ave S 40 St

Update on 02-07-20-Arrest Made in Crash

Thanks to tips from the public, Keshawn Long (DOB 11/23/00) was arrested on five charges for the January 18th hit-and-run crash (near 9th Ave. S and 40th St. S) that killed Saniya Daxon, and injured another.

Today Long faces Vehicular Homicide, Leaving Scene of a Crash Involving Injury, Leaving Scene of a Crash Involving Death, Operating Without a Driver's License Causing Death and Auto Theft charges.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing and additional charges may be filed at a later time. Long was already in jail on auto theft charges un-related to this crash.

Anyone with additional information about this case is strongly encouraged to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780. Anonymous tips can be left by texting a "SPPD" and your tip to TIP-411.

Update on 01-21-20

The victim in this crash has been identified as Saniya Dixon (DOB 08/12/1992).

On January 18th around 10:14am a 2018 silver sedan was going northbound on 40th Street South. The driver of a stolen Mercedes was travelling westbound on 9th Ave South, ran a stop sign and crashed into the silver sedan.

The driver of the Mercedes fled the scene on foot and is still at-large. Both the passenger and driver of the silver sedan were transported to the hospital, but Daxon later died from her injuries. The driver is currently in stable condition.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crash or the driver who fled, should call our non-emergency line at 727-893-7780. You can also send an anonymous text by texting "SPPD" and your tip to TIP-411.

Previously released on 01-18-20

At 10:14 a.m. police responded to a hit and run crash between a stolen Mercedes and a Malibu at 9th Avenue South and 40th Street South.

The driver of the stolen car fled the scene and is still at large.

The Malibu driver, a woman, was seriously injured and her passenger, a 27 year old woman, died at the hospital. The driver is in serious but stable condition.

The 9th Avenue and 40th Street South intersection will remain closed for several hours for the investigation.

Anyone with information please call St. Petersburg Police at 893-7780.

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer