Crash On Gulf-to-Bay Injures Clearwater Police Officer

A crash involving a Clearwater Police officer injured three Sunday. The accident happened when Officer Steven Venezia was heading eastbound on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard early Sunday morning responding to a call for back up.

As Venezia entered the 2800 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard a car in front unexpectedly changed lanes directly into the path of Officer Venezia’s cruiser.

The two vehicles crashed into each other at speed resulting occupants from both cars suffering injuries.

Officer Venezia was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg for medical treatement  and was discharged later that same day.

The driver and two passengers from the other vehicle were also injured and received medical treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Bradenton Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run

Police are actively seeking perpetrators in a deadly hit-and-run incident that took place in Bradenton.

Witness statements have indicated the hit and run happened as an adult male attempted to cross 30th Avenue East near the intersection of 11th Street Court East at roughly quarter after eleven in the morning.

As the man tried to walk across the road, a White Ford Crown Victoria slammed into him. The impact threw the man onto the car where he slid off and fell onto the pavement.

After the impact the full-sized domestic sedan continued on and fled the scene.

The pedestrian died from his injuries and has not yet been identified by authorities.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the deadly crash to contact them at (239) 938-1800.

St. Petersburg Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider

The St. Petersburg Police Department announced the death of a motorcyclist resulting from a crash.

Twenty two year old Motorcyclist Jimmie Hawk was killed after crashing into a car. Witnesses stated that Hawk was riding a 1995 Honda motorcycle at a high rate of speed and swerving between vehicles as he headed eastbound.

As seventy five year old Jean Broderick was turning her car into the North Baptist Church parking lot Hawk approached rapidly from the rear. Hawk was unable to stop in time and crashed into the back of the car at speed.

The force of the impact ejected Hawk from his motorcycle onto the roadway where he suffered server injuries. Hawk was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for emergency medical treatment where he died from his injuries.

Three Injured By Crash On U.S. 41 In Manatee County – Charges Pending

A crash on U.S. 41 in Manatee County has injured multiple people and resulted in pending charges of driving under the influence.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash that took place at roughly 6:45p.m. Saturday on U.S. 41 near the intersection of Pearl Avenue when Martin Fay, a 33 year-old from Bradenton tried to turn left from a driveway onto U.S. 41.

Fay drove his Dodge Journey SUV directly into the path on an oncoming Ford Expedition driven by 29 year old Nicholas Colangelo also from Bradenton.

The two SUVs crashed as Fay entered the northbound lanes. Fay was taken by Paramedics to Blake Medical Center for medical treatment of serious injuries, Fay’s passenger, and 8-year Kailey Fay, was also seriously injured in the crash. The young girl was taken to Tampa General for treatment of her in juries. Melissa Fay, 32 from Bradenton and also a passenger in the Dodge SUV was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Colangelo, the driver of the Ford Expedition, was not injured in the crash.

Florida Highway Patrol released that Fay will be charged with failing to yield right of way and that Colangelo would be charged with driving under the influence.

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.