Traffic Accident With Fatality Closes US 41 In Punta Gorda

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported an accident that resulted in a death in Punta Gorda.

The crash took place close to Pine Trail Road on the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 early morning. Southbound lanes were blocked for several hours untill crews had cleared the wreckage at 10:am.

The identities of those involved and further details of the crash have not yet been released.

Bicyclist In Bradenton Injured In Crash

An accident in Bradenton left a bicyclist injured on State Road 70.

Authorities in Bradenton reported the crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. when Jeffrey Thomson a fifty four year old from Bradenton was riding his bicycle east on State Road 70 inside the center lane.

As Thompson approached 18th Street Court East a driver in a Honda Accord was also approaching from the east. Authorities stated that for reasons unknown Thompson swerved  into the path of the oncoming Honda and was struck by the car.

Thompson was hit by the right front of the car and sustained serious injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol cited Thompson for not riding to the far right. The driver of the Honda Accord was nor injured in the accident.

Pedestrian Struck and Injured By Vehicle In Sarasota

Sarasota Police announced a woman was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Fruitville road near Lime and Shade Avenues shortly after seven in the morning.

Witnesses stated that the woman had tried to run across Fruitville outside of a crosswalk area and was hit.

The force of the impact caused severe injuries and the woman, only descried as an adult female, was flown to an area hospital in serious condition.

The accident caused the westbound lanes of Fruitville Road to be closed while police investigated the crash. Sarasota Police continue to investigate the accident and the status of the woman has not yet been updated.

Boy From Palmetto In Serious Condition After Freight Truck Crash

Florida Highway patrol reported a five year old from Palmetto was in serious condition after being involved in a traffic accident.

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The crash happened when Ralph Johnson Jr., a fifty five year old from Ellenton was driving a freight truck on 16th Avenue East in Palmetto when he approached a red light. Johnson chose to run the light and speed into the intersection.

At the same time a 2007 Toyota Camry being driven by Jessica Gonzalez, a twenty-six year old from Palmetto had the green light and proceeded into the intersection of 29th Street East and 16th Ave. East.

The right front of the fright truck smashed into the left front of the Toyota Camry. The force of the impact caused a five-year old passenger,  in the Camry to be thrown from the car through a side window on to the road as the car slid to a stop.

FHP troopers said Adam Aguilar, the boy who was ejected from the  car, had not been secured in a seat belt or car seat at the time of the crash. Aguilar was rushed to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for medical treatment.

Gonzalez, and another passenger in the Camry a seven year old, were also injured in the crash and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the freight truck was unharmed in the accident, FHP troopers cited Johnson for running the red light and Gonzalez was cited for having a child not properly restrained while driving.

Another Deadly Wrongway Crash In Florida On I-275

A car heading the wrong way on interstate 275 in Tampa crashed into a semi truck Sunday.

The violent head on crash killed all three including two passengers and the driver of the car. Florida Highway Patrol  identified the victims as Gabrielle and Lakritra Lanier from Tampa and John Pierson from Riverview.

Troopers said the truck had been hauling oil products and the driver of the truck was unharmed in the crash.

FHP is investigating whether or not alcohol was involved. Since February of 2014 there have been four wrong way crashes on I- 275, all with fatalities.

The results from the lab are not expected for at least six weeks.

Nokomis Auto Accident Kills Scooter Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash between a pick up truck and a scooter Thursday night.

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The crash happened at approximately 6:30 when the rider of a motor scooter was heading east on Laurel Road. At the intersection of Laurel Road and the Legacy Trail a Toyota pickup truck was stopped yielding to traffic.

The scooter, being driven by Alan E. Pope a fifty three year old, crashed into the back of the pickup truck. Pope was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

First responders arrived at the scene and Pope was pronounced dead by EMS.The driver of the pickup truck, Andrew Nicol from North Port was not hurt in the crash.

Construction Accident On I-75 Injures Man In North Port

A fork lift that was involved in installing sod on a construction project along I-75 in North Port struck and seriously injured a landscaper from Cape Coral.

The injured landscaper identified as Jose Torres a fifty nine-year old from Cape Coral was working on a construction project close to mile marker 185.

At approximately 10:45 in the morning Torres was struck by a forklift being operated by Curiel Fermin also fifty nine and from Cape Coral.

FHP stated the accident happened when Torres reached down to pick up an object and was hit by the approaching fork lift. The lift struck Torres in the leg and also with the front tire.

Torres was taken by Helicopter by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol is continuing an investigation into the accident.

Sedan vs SUV Crash Leaves Woman From Bradenton In Critical

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The driver of a Chevrolet Impala sedan remains in critical condition after being involved in a violent auto accident in Bradenton Florida  at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Florida Avenue.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place when the sedan which had been driving on U.S. 41 attempted to enter the left turn lane of north bound traffic. A Hyundai Santa Fe was already in the lane waiting for traffic to pass and the sedan crashed into the  the stopped SUV. The Impala smashed into the right rear side of the SUV.

The driver of the sedan, not yet identified but was described as an elderly woman was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment. The driver of the SUV also suffered injuries described as minor and was taken to Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota for treatment.

 

Truck Drives Into Pole At McIntosh Rd Sarasota Killing Driver

An official from the Florida Highway Patrol announced the driver of a tractor-trailer was killed as a result of crashing into a pole in Sarasota.

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Witnesses stated to FHP deputies that the crash happened around 8a.m. when the truck was driving on Derek Avenue heading toward McIntosh road. The truck crashed into a pole causing power lines to fall to the trailer.

FPL had to cut power to the lines before the victim, described as a man in his 60s could be given medical treatment.

The driver was taken to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9 in the morning.

FHP said no other vehicles or people were involved in the accident though it remains under investigation.