Arrest made in Double Fatality Homicide
Release updated on 08-19-21 at 2:00 p.m.
All six occupants of the 2017 Nissan Rogue that lost control and crashed off of Tyrone Blvd., killing two children, have been identified. Investigators confirm that Willy Lloyd (DOB 05/12/2000) was driving the SUV, with Maliyah Waters (DOB 11-11-2002) in the front passenger seat, and Mar'Rion Heatley (DOB 11-18-2004), Williyah Waller (DOB 11-11-2019), a 3-year-old and Paul Brinkley Jr. (DOB 09-15-2004), inside.
On July 30, 2021 Lloyd was driving the SUV 76mph in a 45mph zone going northbound on Tyrone Blvd N. when he tried to pass between two vehicles and struck a grey sedan. He lost control of the Nissan Rogue and hit a tree before coming to rest in the front yard in a home near Tyrone Blvd. and Norfolk St.
No one inside the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt/properly restrained. Heatley, Waller and the toddler were ejected from the SUV. While Waters was treated and released at the scene, the toddler, Waller and Heatley were transported to local hospitals. The 3-year-old suffered critical injuries and Brinkley Jr. serious injuries, but Heatley and Waller were pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Lloyd fled the scene of the crash and was located inside a vehicle near St. Petersburg General Hospital. He fled a second time when officers tried to stop the vehicle he was riding in.
Through investigative techniques and with the help of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Tactical Investigations Section, SPPD's Intelligence Unit located Lloyd and took him into custody around 6:30pm last night (on August 18, 2021). SPPD charged him with:
Lloyd also faces several counts of Violation of Probation and one count of Possession of Marijuana from PCSO.
On July 30, Waters was arrested on Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Abuse - Aggravated Battery - Great Bodily Harm charges.
Lloyd and Waters are the biological parents of Williyah Waller.
Release updated on 07-30-21 at 10:48 p.m.
CLARIFICATION: Double Fatality Traffic Homicide Investigation
Maliyah Waters IS NOT the driver of the Nissan Rogue that crashed near the intersection on Tyrone Blvd and Norfolk St. earlier today.
Waters is facing Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Abuse - Agg Battery - Great Bodily Harm because she allowed children in her care to ride in a vehicle improperly restrained.
There are several news reports indicating that she was driving the vehicle that crashed. Please update news reports accordingly. We can confirm that she is not the driver.
The investigation into this crash is ongoing.
Release updated on 07-30-21 at 8:55 p.m.
A grey 2017 Nissan Rogue traveling northbound on Tyrone Boulevard N around 1 pm today tried to overtake another vehicle, lost control and struck a tree.
At this time we are unable to confirm the identities of everyone in the Rogue, but investigators believe two adults, two juveniles and two toddlers were inside at the time of the crash.
Two toddlers and a juvenile were transported to hospital. Maliyah Waters (DOB 11-11-2002), was treated at the scene. One of the toddlers remains in critical but stable condition. Sadly, Williah Waller (DOB 11-11-2019) and Mar'rion Heatley (DOB 11-18-2004) were pronounced deceased at local hospitals shortly after the crash.
Waters was later arrested and charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Abuse - Aggravated Battery - Great Bodily Harm. Please see attached arrest affidavits.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call the non-emergency line at 727-893-7780, or anonymous tips can be sent by texting the letters "SPPD" + tip to TIP411.
Release posted on 07-30-21 at 2:47 p.m.
SPPD is investigating a double fatality crash that happened near the intersection of Tyrone Square Blvd. N and Norfolk St. N.
Around 12:52pm we got a call about a vehicle that crashed off of Tyrone Blvd. Multiple victims, several of which were children, were rushed to the hospital. At this time, two people are confirmed deceased.
Traffic homicide detectives are at the scene investigating the crash. Anyone who may have information on this crash is asked to call our non-emergency line at 727-893-7780.
PIO Sandra Bentil is at the scene and will provide an update as soon as it becomes available.
Crash Scene Photo - Tyrone Blvd. near Norfolk St.
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YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer