HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) —- Two victims killed by a suspected drunk driver in a fiery crash on the Veterans Expressway Saturday morning have been identified.
Florida Highway Patrol investigators say Jesus Emanuel Lanzo, 33, of Tampa, was killed after another driver rear-ended the 2001 Pontiac Lanzo was driving, causing his car to crash and burst into flames. Carlos Angler Quinones Perez, 33, of Tampa, was a passenger in Lanzo’s car and also died.
Troopers say Anwar Daoud Askar, 54, of Tampa, was driving his 2014 Mercedes Benz northbound at a high rate of speed on the Veterans Expressway at 2 a.m. Askar was on the outside lane when he crashed into the rear of Lanzo’s vehicle.
The collision caused Lanzo to collide with the concrete barrier wall. Lanzo’s Pontiac came to a stop on the Independence Parkway exit ramp and burst into flames, killing Lanzo and a passenger.
Askar was taken to Tampa General Hospital. The FHP says his injuries were serious.
8 on Your Side has learned that Askar is the owner of Radiant gas station on Kennedy Boulevard
His colleagues said they feel terrible about the crash.
Askar was charged with two counts of DUI Manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
He is hospitalized and will be arrested on the charges later.
FHP confirms Lanzo had a previous address in Rhode Island, before moving to Florida.