Fuel Tanker Truck Crash Kills Driver; Closes 75

Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal truck accident on southbound I75 at North Port Friday night.

The crash occurred as a loaded fuel tanker was heading southbound on Interstate 75 near North Port. At approximately 11:00pm the truck began to swerve between the left and right lanes causing driver, sixty-eight year old George Ervin from Valrico Florida to lose control of the heavy truck.

The fully-loaded fuel tanker overturned onto the highway at speed resulting in the truck completely blocking the highway and fuel being spilled out onto the roadway.

Ervin was killed in the crash. The tanker, which had an 8,500 gallon capacity leaked fuel onto the highway forcing a prolonged clean up process that kept the southbound lanes of I-75 closed as crews worked to contain and remove the fuel spill.

Traffic had to be re-routed on secondary roads, and the highway was resurfaced before being reopened.


Pedestrian Dies From Vehicle Strike In Bradenton

Florida Highway Patrol Reported a fatal crash on SR 64 in Bradenton.

The collision took place when seventy four year old Dana Kay was walking along State Road 64 in the 4300 block.

At roughly 6:50 a.m. Kay was struck by a moving vehicle and died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Bradenton Police have asked anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact them at 866-634-8477.

Road Blockage Causes Fatal Accident On State Road 70

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident on SR 70 in Manatee County.

Shortly before 4:00a.m. an accident on State Road 70 resulted in a large pile of sod being dumped onto the roadway just west of Betts road, blocking the eastbound lanes.

Minutes later twenty one year old Shayne Williams of Myakka City heading eastward on State Road 70 in a 1996 Ford Mustang approached the sod on the roadway in the darkness of night.

At the same time fifty one year old truck driver Barbaro Carabeo, of Valrico was driving a 2007 Mack Truck following behind Williams Mustang.

Williams unaware of the sod on the roadway collided with the road blockage and was brought to a stop on SR 70.

Shortly after hitting the sod, the Mack Truck crashed into theĀ  rear of Williams Mustang and forced the smaller vehicle another 384 feet down the road before coming to a stop.

Williams sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment, however he later died of his injuries.

Troopers have charged trucker, Barbaro Carabeo with careless driving.

Sarasota Crash Kills One At Constitution Blvd.

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident a in Sarasota at Tamiami Trail and Constitution Boulevard.

The crash took place as twenty year old Terry Moreland was driving north on U.S. 41 in a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck approaching the intersection with Constitution Blvd., at 3:53p.m.

At the same time sixty three year old Eealnor Grochowski driving a 2004 Acura TL was southbound in the left turn lane of U.S. 41 at the intersection with Constitution blvd.

Grochowski proceeded to turn left heading eastbound across U.S. 41 toward Constitution Blvd., but drove directly into the path of the oncoming pickup truck.

The Ram pickup crashed into the right front of the Acura forcing the smaller car into the shoulder and partially blocking traffic on U.S. 41.

Grochowski died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Moreland was not hurt during the collision.

Motorcyclist In Serious Condition After Crash On Singletary Road

FHP reported a motorcycle accident with injuries on Singletary Road.

The single-vehicle accident happened as sixty seven year old Michael Krukowski from Sarasota road west on Singletary Road on his 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

For reasons unknown at roughly 5:15p.m. Krukowski left the roadway and drove into the drainage ditch where he crashed into two palm trees and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Krukowski was seriously injured and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Bradenton Man Killed In Motorcycle Accident On Sate Road 70

Florida Highway Patrol announced a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on State Road 70.

The crash took place as twenty six year old Richard Sconyers of Bradenton was riding a motorcycle without a helmet eastbound on State Road 70 approaching 22nd St. Ct. E.

At the same time sixty five year old Russell Omens also from Bradenton, was driving his Toyota Camry westbound on State Road 70 also approaching 22nd St. Ct. E.

Shortly before 6:00 a.m. Omens attempted to turn left onto 22nd St. Ct. E. and drove directly into the path of Sconyers oncoming motorcycle.

Sconyers was killed by the collision. FHP cited Omens for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

Manatee County Motorcycle Accident Kills One

Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal motorcycle accident Wednesday night in Manatee County.

The accident took place as twenty fiver year old Kristopher Tice from Palmetto was riding his motorcycle south on U.S. 41 heading toward the intersection with 28th Avenue West.

At the same time fifty eight year old Marvin Palacios of Bradenton was driving a Dodge Caravan on 28th Avenue West unaware of the oncoming motorcycle.

As Tice approached at high speed on his Suzuki motorcycle, Palacios attempted to turn onto U.S. 41 and drove directly into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist.

The motorcycle collided with the minivan at speed and Tice was killed in the crash.

Pedestrian Injured After Being Hit By Car On Beneva

Sarasota authorities reported a pedestrian accident with serious injuries on Beneva road.

The accident happened as sixty-five year oldĀ  Mary Tognareli of Sarasota began to walk onto the roadway of Beneva Road just south of Treeline Road.

At the same time a Nissan Altima being driven by a female teenager was traveling on Beneva road.

As Tongareli entered the road she was struck by the sedan and critically injured.

Tongareli was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Car Vs House Crash In Port Charlotte Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries in Port Charlotte after a vehicle ran into a house.

The crash took place as fifty-six year old Port Charlotte resident Betty Legg was northbound on Harbor Blvd closing on Sheldon Ave.

For reasons yet to be determined, Legg swerved off the pavement and drove directly into a house.

Legg was critically injured in the crash and was flow by helicopter to Lee Memorial Trauma Center.

Authorities has stated they do not suspect alcohol as a factor and are looking for anyone who might have more information about the accident.

DUI Crash Kills Cyclist In Bradenton

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash involving a cyclist and a SUV Sunday evening.

The collision happened at roughly eight in the afternoon as sixty-seven year old Daniel Lord of Bradenton was cycling on Cortez Road, attempting to cross from the westbound lanes to the eastbound side of the road.

At the same time thirty year old Eric Brenner also of Bradenton was driving his Jeep Grand Cherokee eastward on Cortez Road approaching 102nd street.

As Brenner drove down Cortez, he failed to see Lord crossing the roadway on his bicycle and crashed into Lord, striking the cyclist on the right side with the front of his SUV.

Lord had not been wearing a helmet during the crash and died from his injuries at the scene.

Police have stated that alcohol was a factor in the crash and that Brenner will be charged with driving under the influence.