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Wilkinsburg woman dies in crash during Fla. police chase

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Wilkinsburg woman vacationing in Florida was killed last week in the crash of a vehicle that police say they were pursuing following an armed robbery in St. Petersburg.

Dijon Senay Jackson, 19, died in the crash shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Jackson was a passenger in a car driven by Alfonso Eugene Mackey, 31, of St. Petersburg, who was released from prison in October after serving a 10-year sentence for carjacking, police said. He is to be charged with the robbery, police said.

A police news release says that investigators do not know if Jackson had any involvement in the holdup that occurred in a Family Dollar Store.

According to police:

Mackey was carrying a handgun when he and another man went into the store and demanded cash. Mackey fired the gun once and grabbed several packs of cigarettes before fleeing.

Police spotted the getaway vehicle — carrying three people — a few minutes later and began chasing it. Officers believe the second suspect got out of the car during the chase.

Mackey passed at least one vehicle in a no-passing area before his car began sliding and crashed into a tree. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they don't know whether Jackson, who lived with her grandmother, was waiting inside the getaway vehicle or got into it after the holdup.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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