Sarasota Traffic Signal Worker Seriously Injured In Hit and Run Accident

Florida Highway Patrol announced a Sarasota County traffic signal worker was seriously injured in a hit and run incident in Nokomis Sunday night.

The accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Roberts Road in Nokomis at roughly fifteen after 11p.m.

Witnesses described a white Ford Taurus that struck traffic signal worker Robert Smith as he was working on a job site standing partially in closed turn lane by the southbound lanes at the Roberts Road, Tamiami Trail intersection.

The car was last seen fleeing the crash scene driving east on Lakeview Drive.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the hit and run crash to call them at 239-938-1800.

Charlotte County Crash Injures Punta Gorda Woman

FHP stated a woman was injured in a single vehicle crash in Charlotte County.

The accident happened when Bettina McMahon, a forty-five year old from Punta Gorda was driving her Ford Mustang eastbound on Oil Well Road.

Just before 8:30a.m. as McMahon approached the intersection with Catfish Road, McMahon lost control of her car. The car swerved across the westbound lane, drove off the road, crashed through a fence before coming to rest in a ditch where trees finally stopped the vehicle.

McMahon was flown to a trauma center for treatment of serious injuries.

Englewood Man Succumbs To Injuries From Four Car Crash In Charlotte County

A crash involving four vehicles on interstate 75 in Charlotte County has claimed the life of a man from Englewood.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that a crash on I-75 that involved four vehicles began as a tow truck responded to a previous crash adjacent to mile marker 154. John Westby, a 64 year old from Punta Gorda, attempted to maneuver the tow truck into a construction zone to gain access to a previously disabled vehicle.

However as the tow truck tried to make a turn on the dirt median in the construction zone it became stuck. The rear of the tow truck was stuck, sticking out into the northbound lanes of I-75.

After the tow truck was mired, William Golden a fifty five year old from Englewood approached in the fast lane and failed to avoid crashing into the back of the tow truck.

The car collided with the tow truck at speed and the force of the collision through the car into a spin where it crashed into a roadside construction barrel.

Another vehicle, driven by Raymond Daughtery, a fifty nine year old from Lehigh Acres, was approaching in the northbound lanes and avoided crashing into the tow truck by slowing down rapidly. This caused Daughtery’s vehicle to be rear-ended by a car driving behind.

William Golden was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

An investigation by FHP is ongoing however troopers did say that Westby would be cited for failing to use due care in a hazard zone.

Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident Leaves Woman From Venice Injured

Florida Highway Patrol announced a hit and run accident that took place Sunday evening on Venice Boulevard.

The incident happened shortly after 10:00p.m. when forty six year old Dawn Hinton from Venice was walking in near the 300 Block on Venice Blvd, when she was hit by a car.

The force of the collision tossed Hinton the roadway were she came to rest in a seated position. Fortunately Hinton’s injuries were minor and she received treatment at Bayfront Medical Center.

The car that struck Hinton did not stop and left no tire marks at the scene. No description of the vehicle is available.

Church Van Crash Kills 8, Injures 10 in Southwest Florida

Florida Highway Patrol Reported a van crash in Glades county with multiple fatalities and several injuries.

The accident happened when a large passenger van designed to carry up to sixteen people drove westbound on State Road 78. The van apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of SR 78 and Highway 27. After running the stop sign the van barreled across four lanes of traffic on Highway 27, drove over the median, and crashed into a ditch filled with water finally coming to rest.

The van had been carrying eighteen passengers including one four year old at the time of the crash. The force of the crash resulted in eight people loosing their lives and ten other suffering injuries including the child.

The injured passengers were taken by first responders to four separate hospitals for treatment. Two of the injured were listed in critical condition.

Florida highway patrol has said an investigation is ongoing.

Bradenton Woman Killed, 3 Children Injured In Manatee County Crash

An accident between a Dodge Ram full-sized van and a Chevy Suburban SUV  resulted in one dead and three children injured in a crash Friday afternoon.

FHP troopers stated that the crash took place when the driver of the Dodge van, Nancy Spurlock a forty-six year old from Bradenton headed south on U.S. 19 in the fast lane.

In the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 fifty one year old Barbara J. Carvis of Pinellas Park was driving her Chevy Suburban. Spurlock, the driver of the van lost control of the vehicle and for reasons unknown drove across the median directly into the path of the oncoming Suburban SUV.

The force of the collision between the two full-sized vehicles was fatal for Carvis who died at the scene. Three small children passengers in the Suburban all sustained serious injuries and were taken two All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Spurlock, the driver of the van was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending.

Sarasota Scooter Crash Injures Woman

Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident involving a scooter and a car that has left one woman in critical condition.

The crash took place at roughly ten minutes after ten in the evening when Ana J. Muller Padilla was driving her scooter east on Clark Road in Sarasota and approached the intersection with Gateway Avenue. A Ford Mustang was also traveling east on Clark Road driving behind Padilla’s scooter but at a greater speed.

The driver of the Mustang, 28 year-old Ronda M. Rohde also from Sarasota, failed to see the slower scooter and did not slow to avoid a collision.

The Mustang slammed into the back of the scooter which ejected Padilla onto the roadway. Padilla had not been wearing a helmet during the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton Florida wear she was listed as critical condition.

Rohde, the driver of the Mustang was charged with careless driving.

Crash On U.S. 41 In Sarasota Injures Three

A three car accident in Sarasota on U.S. 41 resulted in at least three people being injured.

The crash took place just prior to 10 a.m. at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and 42nd Street when witnesses reported a Volkswagen traveling in the northbound lanes crossed traffic, drove over the median and careened into the southbound traffic. As the Volkswagen drove into southbound lanes and crashed into a van, and possibly two other vehicles.

One person was seriously injured and had to be taken by Paramedics to an area trauma center. Two other injured people were taken to area hospitals by ambulance.

Sarasota Police have stated an investigation is ongoing.

Englewood Man Seriously Hurt In Sarasota I-75 Crash

Officials from Florida Highway Patrol have said a man from Englewood allegedly ran a red light near the exit ramp of I-75 and Fruitville road causing an accident with serious injuries..

The crash took places just prior to 8:30 p.m. when thirty five year old Egor Klimantovich was driving eastbound on Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

As Klimantovich approached the intersection with interstate seventy five ramp traffic, witnesses stated he failed to stop when the light turned red.

When the drivers of two vehicles exiting I-75 were given the green light to turn onto Fruitville they proceeded unaware of the oncoming vehicle.

As the vehicles entered the intersection attempting to turn onto the westbound lanes Klimantovich’s vehicle slammed into the first vehicle at speed which in turn, crashed into the second vehicle attempting to turn onto Fruitville.

Klimantovich suffered serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. The driver of the first car hit by Klimantovich was taken to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota with minor injuries.

Troopers have stated they will be charging Klimantovich with no proof of insurance and failing to stop at a red light.

Tampa Crash Closes I- 75 lanes near Fletcher Avenue

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on I-75 in Tampa at the Fletcher Avenue exit resulted in one driver suffering critical injuries.

The Northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for over an hour as police and crews cleared away the wreckage of the accident.

Troopers stated that the crash occurred at roughly 3:20p.m. when Eduardo Villegas-Diaz, a  seventy-six year old man from Brandon had been driving on the northbound lanes of Interstate Seventy Five and for reasons unknown swerved sharply to the right.

Diaz traveled right crossing all of the lanes of traffic and drove onto the median where he crashed into a tree.

The crash seriously injured Diaz who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No others were injured in the crash.

The interstate was reopened shortly after 4:40p.m.