Truck Accident Kills Hillsborough Businessman Lance Ringhaver

Florida Highway Patrol announced prominent businessman and philanthropist Land Ringhaver was killed during a collision with a semi truck.

Local business man credited with helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays and one of the original team owners was killed during an accident with a tractor trailer.

The crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. in Palm River-Clair Mel as seventy six year old Lance Ringhaver from Apollo Beach drove southbound in the center lane of U.S. 41 in his Infiniti sedan.

At the same time thirty-eight year old Tampa truck driver Isbel Guzman was attempting to make a U-turn across U.S. 41. Guzman failed to complete the turn which blocked the oncoming lanes with the semi trailer.

Ringhaver did not have time to avoid the collision and the luxury sport sedan slammed into the trailer becoming pinned under the truck.

Guzman was cited by authorities for failing to yield right of way.

SUV Crash Near Riverview High Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol announced a crash with injuries near Riverview High in Sarasota.

FHP troopers are investigating an auto accident that took place near Riverview High School Tuesday afternoon.

The crash between a VW sedan and a General Motors Corporation Yukon sport utility vehicle happened are roughly 4:15p.m.

The collision resulted in the GMC SUV overturning, and at least one person with injuries. Neither the identities of the injured person, nor the other parties involved in the crash have been released.

An official from the Sarasota County Fire Department stated the injured person was brought to the local fire department for treatment.

One Dead In Motorcycle Crash Near Woodland Middle School In North Port

North Port Police Department reported a deadly motorcycle accident Monday just outside Woodland Middle School.

The crash took place as four motorcyclists were riding in the northbound lanes of Panacea boulevard. Shortly after the group passed the school zone in front of Woodland Middle School, two of the motorcycles collided.

Twenty year old Xavier Alonso was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Twenty Three year old Hector Sanchez was also inured in the crash and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

No further details are available at this time.

North Port Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Officer Aaron Nick at 941-429-7300.

St. Pete Beach Bicyclist Seriously Injured After Crash With SUV

Police in St. Pete Beach reported a crash with injuries between a bicyclist and an SUV.

The crash took place at approximately 8:30 p.m. as fifty four year old cyclist Anthony Logothetis attempted to cross Gulf Blvd., near the intersection with 65th Avenue. As Logothetis crossed Gulf Boulevard he was struck by a Subaru Outback driven by 47 year old Emanual D. Matalon.

Both driver Emanual Matalon and his passenger 40 year old Shannon were unharmed in the crash however cyclist Anthony Logothetis sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for medical attention.

Logothetis was not in a crosswalk and his bicycle was not equipped with lights.

 

Four Hurt and One Dead In Multi-Vehicle Crash On Fruitville Road

Officials from the Sarasota Police Department announced a deadly crash on Fruitville Road in Sarasota Tuesday Morning.

The fatal accident took place prior to 8 a.m. when for reasons unknown, a vehicle heading east on Fruitville drove over the median and crashed directly into two vehicles heading the opposite direction.

A forth vehicle described as an SUV, avoided the collision with the wrong-way driver, however the SUV swerved hard to miss the crash causing it to collide with a tree.

One person was killed and four people have been injured in the crash.

Fruitville remains closed from Tuttle Ave. to Beneva Road as police and crews work to clean up after the deadly crash.

Venice High School Principal In Critical Condition After Accident

FHP announced that Venice High School Principal Jack Turgeon was in critical condition after his Jeep Wrangler collided with a utility pole.

Florida Highway Patrol officers said the crash took place at the intersection Avenue D and Stickney Point Road shortly after 1:30 a.m. as 46 year old Jack Turgeon drove his 1988 Jeep Wrangler on Stickney Point road and attempted to turn right onto Avenue D. As the Jeep entered the turn it spun clockwise, slid onto the shoulder and crashed into a utility pole.

Turgeon, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in critical condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

3 Killed In University Parkway Single Car Crash

Sarasota Police announced a deadly single car accident on University Parkway near DeSoto road and Old Bradenton Road.

The report states that at roughly 2:30 a.m. four people were westbound at high-speed in a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. As the full-sized sedan neared the Sarasota-Bradenton air port, the driver lost control.

The sedan drove off the road and impacted with multiple trees, to force of the impact threw one passenger, Thomas Bentley  from the vehicle.

The driver, twenty one year-old Wesley McCurley of Sarasota and two other passengers, twenty one year old Michael Duffy of Sarasota, and twenty one year old Dane Custer of Bradenton were killed in the crash.

Police have said that while excessive speed appeared to be a factor they are still investigating the cause of accident.

Wrong Way Crash Kills Hillsborough Deputy

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announce the death of a deputy struck by a wrong-way driver.

Hillsborough Deputy, thirty year old John Robert Kotfila Jr., was killed in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver.

The crash happened early morning just prior to 3a.m. near the Brandon Mall as Deputy Kotfila departing from Tampa General Hospital during a traffic accident investigation, headed eastbound on Selmon Expressway close to Providence Road.

At the same time, thirty one year old Erik Thomas McBeth was driving the wrong way on the Selmon Expressway and heading directly toward Kotfila.

With no time to avoid the crash, the two vehicles violently collided in a head-on crash. Kotfila was taken to the Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

McBeth, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from another driver near the crash, said that Deputy Kotfila pulled in front of her car, thereby protecting her from the head-on collision and taking the full force of the impact.

Deadly 3-Car Crash On River Road Kills 3

Dangerous River Road in Venice Florida has tragically lived up to it’s reputation. Florida Highway Patrol reported a 3 car crash on River Road that resulted in the deaths three people from Venice.

The crash took place at roughly 8:25p.m. as forty-two year old Joseph Clark of Venice was heading southbound in a 1989 Chevy Van following a Hyundai Sante Fe.

Clark attempted to pass the SUV while both vehicles drove on a curved section of the road that was a no-passing section just north of the intersection with Winchester Blvd.

At the same time eighty-four year old Donald Case of Venice was driving his Chrysler Town and Country northbound from the opposite direction also in the same curved section of River Road.

The two vehicles collided head on violently. The force of the impact spun Clark’s full-sized van around causing it to slam into the Hyundai SUV and rolled over upside down.

Clark, the driver of the van, was pronounced dead at he scene by first responders.

Both Donald Case, and a passenger in the Chrysler mini-van, ninety-one year old Ada Cerrito were also killed as a result of the head-on collision. In addition to Case and Cerrito, two other passengers in the Chrysler van, seventy-three year old Constance Burrell of Venice, and seventy-five year old Wayne Burrell also of Venice were transported to Venice Regional Bayfront with serious injuries.

14 Year Old Bicyclist killed in Port Charlotte Hit-and-Run

Police are searching for the driver of a hit-and-run pickup truck that was involved in a fatal crash with a fourteen year old cyclist.

FHP announced fourteen year old Devin Federly was riding southbound on his bicycle on Sheehan Blvd just north of the intersection with State Ave., along the edge of the roadway.

At approximately 8p.m. what was described as an older pickup truck apparently crossed into the wrong lanes an struck Federly. After the impact the driver of the truck fled the scene.

The force of the impact threw the fourteen year old boy from his bicycle and onto the side of the road.

Federly was rushed to Bayfront Port Charlotte for treatment but medical staff were unable to save him.

Police stated a witness described the vehicle as a silver pickup truck with a single cab that was damaged in the right front and front windshield.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked that anyone who has knowledge of the pickup or witnessed the crash to call them at 239-344-1730.