14-year Old Driver Falls Asleep At The Wheel – Causes Manatee County Crash Injuring Six

Florida Highway patrol reported a two-vehicle crash Sunday night that occurred because an under-age driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The crash happened shortly after six Sunday evening when 14-year old Armando Acevedo from Palmetto was heading west in a Ford F-150 on CR 675 (Rutland Road) and east of 136th near where the road curves away from Parrish.

Also in the pickup truck was a thirty eight year old and a nine-year old.

At roughly fifteen minutes after six, the pickup truck approached the sweeping curve and Acevedo fell asleep while driving.

After the young driver fell asleep the F-150 drifted off the road to the north swerving across both traffic lanes then drifted back across the road to south where the pickup crashed into a Nissan sedan driven by sixteen-year old Bevyn Ward also from Parrish. The Nissan sedan – an Altima was also carrying a four year old and another passenger.

Ward suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center for Treatment. Five others were also injured in the crash and received minor injuries including the 4-year old.

FHP has issued several charges including driving with out a license, careless driving and the adult also riding in the F-150 was charged with allowing a minor to drive.

North Port I-75 Crash Injures Motorcyclist From Naples

Motorcyclist Frank Trulson a 66 year-old from Naples was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton after crashing into a U-Haul trailer being towed by a pick-up truck on I-75 at North Port.

FHP stated Trulson was heading east on 75 near the Sumter Boulevard exit when he approached a pickup truck towing a U-Haul trailer. Apparently the pick-up truck slowed down and the Trulson did not notice the difference in speed in time to avoid  a crash.

Trulson braked hard to stop the collision but lost control of the Harley-Davidson. The bike overturned at speed and slid into the trailer. The force of the impact threw Trulson from the motorcycle and he struck his head on the pavement.

Trulson will be cited for careless driving and not carrying proof of insurance.

3 Pedestrians Injured In Venice By Hit And Run

A child and two adults were injured crossing a road when they were struck by a hit and run driver.

Florida Highway Patrol stated that the accident occurred in south Venice when a group of pedestrians including a minor and two adults were attempting to cross Cypress road, near the intersection of Bonita Road at roughly 6:40 p.m. Sunday night.

The minor and one adult was hit directly by a White Jeep Cherokee heading north on Cypress Road. All three pedestrians were knocked down by the impact and were injured by the crash.

The Jeep continued on fleeing the scene.The injured pedestrians were taken to Sarasota Memorial for medical treatment of their injuries.

Florida Highway patrol is still investigating the incident and asks anyone with knowledge of the driver or vehicle to contact them at 239-938-1800.

Bicyclist Killeded By Collison With Car In Lakewood Ranch

A car driven by 22 year old Lindsay Damery from Bradenton ran a red light and struck two bicyclists and Land Rover killing one.

The accident occurred in Lakewood Ranch at the intersection of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Parkside Place at roughly 10:30 a.m. when Damery ran a red light. The Chevy Malibu driven by Damery slammed into Donald Mader and his wife Joyce Mader then continued on until crashing into a Land Rover drive by 41 year old Robert Speir.

The impact of the crash proved fatal for 81 year old Donald Mader who died of his injuries at Blake Medical Center a day after being struck. Joyce Mader also sustained minor injuries in the crash and was released from the hospital.

The driver of the Land Rover, Robert Speir was not injured in the crash.

Reckless Motorcyclist Injured In Crash On Toedo Blade In North Port

A motorcyclist from Venice was in critical condition after weaving through traffic in the wrong side of the road on Toledo Blade Boulevard.

North Port Police stated that several people saw two motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic at high speed on Toledo Blade – even in front of oncoming traffic.

One of the riders identified as Craig Fox a 24 year old from Venice lost control of his motorcycle swerved into a parking lot and was thrown from the bike. The crash happened at the 1600 block of Toledo Blade at roughly 5 p.m.

Fox was not wearing a helmet during the crash sustained serious injuries and was listed in critical condition after being flown to Blake medical center for treatment.

The other motorcyclist involved in the crash fled the scene and was not been identified by authorities yet.

I-75 Laurel Road Crash In Nokomis Kills One

Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 in Nokomis near Laurel Road.

The accident which has resulted in the death of at least one occurred just prior to 4:30 a.m. Police have yet to release further details including the identities of those involved, the cause of the crash or if anyone else was injured.

The crash took place in the northbound lanes and the lanes were blocked while authorities investigated and cleared the wreckage.

Semi-tractor Trailer Overturns On I-75 At Bradenton Injures 3

Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 involving an overturned tractor-trailer that shut down the northbound lanes from shortly after 2:15 a.m. until they were reopened nearly six hours later at 8a.m.

The crash on the freeway took place in Bradenton about one mile south of the Sate Road 70  ramp in the northbound lanes when  the driver of a Freightliner tractor trailer, sixty one year old Donny Pannell, failed to maintain control of the truck.

The truck which was traveling at speed slid and rotated until it slammed into the concrete barrier on the west side of the highway. After smashing into the barrier it swerved back in the other direction, crossed all lanes of traffic again and crashed into the barrier on the east side of the highway, which caused the tractor-trailer to roll over onto it’s side blocking the northbound lanes.

Additionally, the truck was being followed by German Rodriguez, a 44-year old from Palmetto. When the Freighliner began to crash, Rodriguez attempted to stop from hitting the trailer but the was unable to avoid crashing into the trailer with his Chevy SIlverado.

Both the passenger in the Silverado and Rodriguez sustained minor injuries in the crash. Pannell , the driver of the semi also sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for careless driving and the driver of the SIlverado was cited for driving without a license.

Sarasota Crash On 41 Injures Six, Two Seriously

Florida Highway Patrol announced a traffic accident on U.S. 41 in Sarasota that has resulted in six people suffering injuries Friday night.

According to the FHP the crash happened at roughly 8:30p.m. at the intersection of Gulf Avenue and 41 Friday evening when sixteen year old girl from Venice was heading north  in a 2004 Chrysler Sebring on U.S. 41 when a Lincoln MKZ driven by  68 year old Pamela Monk, 68 entered the intersection from Gulf Avenue directly in front of the oncoming Chrysler.

The young driver attempted to avoid the collision by steering away from car but crashed into the car on the left side.

Both the driver of the Chrysler and her passenger, 37 year old Lorie Holmes suffered minor injuries and were brought to Venice memorial Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Lincoln, Pamela Monk and one of the passengers, Albert Deslippe 79 also from Canada were seriously injured during the crash and taken for medical treatment to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  Additionally two other passengers in the Lincoln MKZ, were also taken for treatment at Venice Memorial for treatment of minor injures.

The driver of the Lincoln was given a citation for failing to yield right-of-way.

Driver From North Port Blocks I-75 Traffic And Causes Double Crash

Two crashes on the I-75 Caloosahatchee Bridge occurred early Monday morning when a driver from North Port stopped his car on the roadway blocking two lanes of traffic.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that at roughly 5:30 am Rachel Robel a 26-year old from North Fort Myers was traveling south on I-75 across the Caloosahatchee when she encountered a stopped vehicle blocking the lanes.

Because of the early morning darkness, Robel was unable to avoid crashing into the vehicle. Both Robel and her passenger, Jordan Izzo a 31 year old suffered minor injures in the accident.

On coming traffic from I-75 approached, including 50 year old Christine Amara from Bradenton who swerved to avoid the stopped vehicles but crashed into a Dodge Pickup truck that had managed to stop before running into the original accident.

The second crash was without injuries and the driver of the stopped vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler was driven by Ryan Suta, 31 from North Port was also not injured in the accident.

FHP is still investigating why Suta had stopped in the middle of the freeway.

Motorcycle Crash On Cortez Road Fatal For Bradenton Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday.

The crash took place when 18 year old Hugo Arellano rode a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle wast on Cortez Road and approached the intersection of 106th.

In the westbound lanes a Buick Lacrosse being driven by ninety-year old William Mitchell attempted to turn left into 106th Street across Cortez. The 90 year old driver did not see the oncoming motorcyclist and drove directly into his path.

As a result of the violent crash, Arellano died of his injures at the scene however Mitchell and his passenger were unharmed in the accident.

Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending and the accident is under further investigation.