Left-Turn Collision On Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Kills Motorcyclist

Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office announced a fatal crash on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., involving three vehicles.

The crash happened as eighty year old Geraldine Bedford, was traveling north on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and attempted to make a left turn onto University Plaza.

However Bedford failed to yield to oncoming traffic, and drove directly into the path of oncoming motorcyclist twenty year old Kristopher Graham. Graham was followed by another motorcyclist twenty-two year old Antoine Jones.

As Bedford cut across the southbound lanes Graham did not have time to avoid a collision and crashed into the passenger side of Bedford’s vehicle. As as result Jones, who was following Graham then slammed into Graham’s motorcycle.

Motorcyclist Kristopher Graham was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, however Jones was taken to Florida Hospital Tampa with road rash on his legs and arms.

Single-Car Crash On Woodmere Park Boulevard Injures Man In Venice

Florida Highway Patrol reported a single car crash in Venice that resulted in a seventy nine year old man being critically injured.

Crash took place as Donald Richter was approaching the intersection of Tennyson and Woodmere Park Blvd. Apparently Richter suffered a medical issues while driving and may have blacked out. This caused Richter to cross the roadway, swerving  his 2007 Buick Lucerne left over the westbound lanes before he ran over the curb continued on over the shoulder and crashed into the guardrail.

The impact of the crash resulted in Donald Richter suffering critical injuries. First responders took Richter Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Richter was also traveling with a passenger, sixty three year old Rosemary Richter, however Rosemary Richter was not injured in the crash. Troopers said both driver and passenger were wearing set belts.

Two From Sarasota Killed In Fiery Crash While Fleeing Sarasota Police

Florida Highway Patrol announced that two were killed in a crash after fleeing a traffic stop.

The crash happened after Sarasota Police attempted to stop the driver of a 2007 BMW 750Li  at Washington Ct. and 24th St. in Sarasota. The BMW fled and because of danger to civilians the officers did not pursue.

After fleeing the Sarasota Police officers, the driver of the BMW continued at a high rate of speed heading west on University Parkway and attempted to turn right on to the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 but was going much too fast and failed to negotiate the turn. At roughly 2:30a.m. the speeding BMW crossed over the shoulder and high an embankment at the rail line causing the sedan to be launched into the air.

While airborne the BMW smashed into a railroad support pole and the crashed into another. After hitting the pole head-on the car came out of the air onto a metal guardrail in the median and burst into flames finally coming to a stop. Both driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car had a history of multiple traffic violations including  fleeing officers and driving with a suspended license.

Two Car Crash Kills Man In Tampa

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced an accident on Fletcher resulted in the death of an 83 year old man.

The crash took place when fifty year old Merminia Rodriguez from Tampa, traveled east in the left lane of Fletcher Avenue.  As Rodriguez entered the left turn lane driving a Chevy Tahoe she failed to yield to eighty three year old Eddy Ramos. Rodriguez full-sized SUV crashed into Ramos Toyota as Rodriguez turned into the intersection.

The force of the crash mortally injured Rodriguez and he later died at the hospital.

Police said that drugs and alcohol were not a factor and that charges were pending.

Scooter Rider Seriously Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver

Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit and run collision between a scooter and a full-sized Ford SUV.

The crash took place as a twenty-nine year old male was riding south on U.S. 41 at roughly 10:30p.m.

North of the intersection of River Road and 41 the motor scooter was struck from behind by a driver in a Ford Expedition SUV.

The force of the impact threw the rider from his motor scooter onto the shoulder of U.S. 41. The impact seriously injured the downed rider.

The crash sandwiched the scooter under the SUV, where it became lodged and dragged down the road for more than 1,000 feet. Witnesses said the SUV came to a stop and the drive got out, pulled the smashed scooter from under the vehicle and then proceeded to flee the scene.

The helmetless  injured scooter rider was brought to Sarasota memorial for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities are seeking information about the driver of the SUV and have asked anyone with knowledge to contact them at 941-751-8350.

7 Car Crash In St. Petersburg Kills One

St. Petersburg Police reported a deadly accident involving seven vehicles. The crash took place at roughly 5p.m.  as a black van was driving at southbound at excessive speeds on 34th Street S and approached the intersection with 38th Avenue.

Several vehicles were apparently stopped at the intersection waiting for the light to turn green when the van crashed into them at high speed.

The force of the impact caused several vehicles to be slammed into each other resulting in one death and at least five people injured including a young child, a woman and three adult males.

Witnesses described the driver as a middle age male driving a black van with Alabama state tags. The man was found deceased behind the wheel of the van however St. Petersburg Police are still investigating the accident to fully determine the events.

During cleanup 34th Street was closed to all traffic between 30th Ave. and 40th ave. as crews worked to clear away wreckage and officers conducted their investigation.

Venice Motorcyclst In Critical Condition After Crash With SUV

A motorcycle and SUV crashed in Venice at Bamboo Drive and Shamrock Boulevard resulting in the motorcyclist suffering severe injuries.

The crash happened when 39 year old motorcyclist Travis Garbrandt of Venice was approaching the intersection of Shamrock blvd., and Bamboo Dr., when a Buick Rendezvous SUV made a left turn causing the SUV to cross directly into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.

The motorcyclist had no time to avoid colliding with the SUV and crashed as the Buick cut across the intersection.

Garbrandt was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he is reported to be in critical condition.

Forty-eight year old Dana Wagner-Sacino was driving the SUV during the accident and has been cited by FHP troopers for failing to yield right of way. Police also stated that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Single Car Crash On Pinellas Bayway Kills One Injures Another

Officials are investigating the cause of a deadly single car crash that took place at the intersection of Sun Boulevard and the Pinellas Bayway.

The crash took place at roughly seven thirty in the evening and excessive speed is thought to be a factor.

The vehicle, a silver Corvette, was badly damaged with parts of the sports car dangling from a power line.

The crash forced the closure of the road and traffic had to be re-routed while emergency crews cleared the roadway.

One man in the Corvette died at the scene and another was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.


Deadly Accident On U.S. 19 In Clearwater Blocks Highway

U.S. 19 in Clearwater was closed Friday evening in the aftermath of a deadly crash.

Florida Highway Patrol stated the crash took place as a 2004 Honda Civic was traveling at excessive speeds near Celebration Station.

When the driver attempted to negotiate the exit to Sunset Point Road the driver lost control and the Honda crashed into a utility pole with enough force to drop the power lines into the roadway blocking traffic.

The driver of the car, Luis Sanchez of Clearwater was pronounced dead by first responders.

Power was down through the night and not restored until 7 a.m. the next day.

Single Car Crash Largo Critically Inujures 17 Year Old Girl

Police in Largo reported a crash with injuries on U.S. 19 near 66th Street.

FHP stated that the a seventeen year old girl traveled south on U.S. 19 at driving a Nissan Versa high speed. At roughly four in the morning as she approached 66th Street she lost control of the vehicle.

The car spun and turned over several times. The driver was not wearing her seat belt during the crash and was thrown from her car.

The young driver of the car was  flown to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in critical condition.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.