BRANDON — An argument arising from a love triangle ended tragically when three women who had parked their cars in the middle of a road were struck by another car, killing two and injuring the third, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
Tanaysha Troutman, 28, of Tampa, and Victoria Patten, 33, of Brandon were in one car and Stephanie Jordan, 38, of Gibsonton, was in another when they stopped their vehicles in a median turn lane along Providence Road, south of Providence Lakes Boulevard, around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff's Office said.
They were struck by a 2005 Hyundai driven by Guillermo R. Ruiz, 22, of Wesley Chapel.
Troutman and Patten died at the scene and Jordan was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening, the Sheriff's Office said.
Ruiz told deputies he had drunk beer earlier in the evening and submitted to a blood alcohol test. The Sheriff's Office was awaiting results of the test.
It was not clear why the women chose to park where they did, in a turn lane beside a grass median along a divided stretch of Providence Boulevard that runs throyugh a residential area.
Friends described Troutman and Patten as a couple in social media posts mourning their deaths. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Nuñez said the argument that the three women stopped for arose from a love triangle but the nature of their relationship was not immediately clear.
Ranese Farrior said in an interview via Facebook that Troutman was a friend of hers and a former star basketball player at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, where she graduated in 2008.
"The whole city of Lakeland is affected by her passing," Farrior said. "She had a lot of friends and was considered the class clown."
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