Car Vs. Motorcycle Crash On Bee Ridge Road Critically Injures Motorcyclist

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash involving a motorcyclist and a Ford compaq SUV early Wednesday morning on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.

The accident took place when Tyler Castillo 19 from Sarasota was eastbound on Bee Ridge Road. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Castillo collided with a Ford Escape being driven by Jeff Etienne, 26 also from Sarasota.

The force of the collision threw Castillo from his Honda motorcycle into the westbound lanes of Bee Ridge Rd. Castillo was struck by a F-250 pick up truck and was critically injured. The motorcycle continued on into the median and came to a stop after striking a tree.

Castillo was taken by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Police cited Castillo for reckless driving and having an expired registration.

Car Accident On 40th Street In Tampa Killes One

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a car crash at 40th Street Sunday.

The crash took place shortly after 3 in the afternoon on the private property of Schwend, Inc. after a car apparently speeding down 40th Street crashed through a fence at the perimeter of the property and smashed into the back of a trailer.

The car was carrying three occupants including a 12-year old boy, an adult male and a woman. The female was killed by the force of the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, a middle aged man was taken to Tampa Memorial Hospital for treatment. The 12-year old was released after treatment of minor injures.

All occupant of the car were wearing seatbelts during the crash, however none of the occupants have been identified yet.

One Killed, One Critically Injured In Clark Road Motorcycle Crash

Florida Highway Patrol announced a motorcyclist riding down Clark Road was killed after a collision with a Mercedes Sunday.

The fatal accident took place when Jacques Verreault a 68-year-old Canadian from Isle Aux Coudres, Quebec riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson was riding east on Clark road with a female passenger approaching the Proctor Road intersection.

Robert Escavich a 70 year old from Sarasota, was driving south on Proctor Road and failt to stop at the Clark Road intersection. Escavich driving his Mercedes GL450 drove directly in front of the oncoming motorcyclist and the two vehicles collided in the intersection at speed.

Verreault, the driver of the Harley-Davidson was brought to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota but succumbed to his injuries and died.

The passenger a woman also from Isle Aux Coudres, Quebec, survived the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton where she remains in critical condition.

FHP stated charges are pending for Escavich.

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Bicyclist On 15th Street East In Bradenton

A crash between a hit-and-run driver and a bicyclist in Bradenton resulted in the death of the bicyclist and police looking for the driver of the vehicle.

Forty five year old Anthony Galanopoulos was riding his bike southbound on the shoulder of 15th Street East in the early hours of Friday when a vehicle pulled off the road onto the shoulder behind him.

After  crashing into Galanopoulos on the shoulder, the driver fled the area. Galanopoulos was pronounced dead at the scene and authorities are looking for anyone with knowledge of the incident.

The vehicle was described as possibly a Ford F-150 pickup truck with damage to the right front headlight.

Anyone who knows of the crash should call Florida Highway Patrol at (239) 938-1800 to aid in the investigation.

Bicyclist Killed By Car Strike In North Port

North Port police is investigating an apparent car vs bicycle crash that took the life of a 20 year old male Monday.

The fatal crash took place at roughly 9p.m. when 20 year-old cyclist Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was attempting to cross Tamiami trail near South Biscayne Drive when he was hit by a car.

The driver, 30 year old Shane Michael Kennedy, was heading north in a Chevy Impala sedan when he encountered Cota-Alvarado. Kennedy did not see the Bicyclist untill it was too late to avoid a collision.

Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was struck at speed, mortally wounding him. Cota-Alvarado was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

North Port Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

Manatee County Hit And Run Leaves One Critically Injured

Florida Highway Patrol announced a woman was critically injured from a hot and run crash on State Rd 39 in Manatee County.

The incident happened when Kimara Shynett, a twenty one year old from Plant City was in the southbound lane of State Road 39 and had stopped at the intersection of SR 39 and State Road 62.

Shynett began a left turn and as she entered the intersection was struck by an F-150 Ford Pick Up truck heading east on State Road 62.

The pick up truck crashed into the left front of the Nissan Shynett was driving.

After coming to a halt the driver of the F-150 along with 3 passengers got out and fled the scene on foot. Police from the Manatee County Sheriff’s department were unable to find the driver and passenger of the truck after searching the area.

Shynett was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and listed as critical condition.

Manatee County Hit and Run Seriously Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man after a hit and run crash in Manatee County. The man, identified as 32 year old Luis Luna-Castillo from Bradenton has been accused of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.

The Crash took place Sunday night when Rosemarie Cooper, a 68 year old from Bradenton was driving south in Ford Escort on 50th Avenue West when just prior to 9:30p.m. Luna-Castillo, who was driving in the northbound lanes in a Dodge Durango, swerved into the path of Cooper where the two vehicles crashed head-on.

While both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Cooper was seriously injured by the collision.

Luna-Castillo ran from the crash site and attempted to hide from authorities but was found by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

First responders too Cooper to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of serious injures.

Venice Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a minivan Friday Night.

The crash took place when Kennith Kubic a 75 year old from Venice was driving his 2010 Dodge Caravan on U.S. 41 approaching the intersection with Sunset Beach Drive.

As Kubic headed down Tamiami Trail, 61 year old pedestrian Leonard Gebhardt was trying to cross U.S. 41.

Gebhardt was struck by the minivan at speed. Police stated Gebhardt was killed by the impact and died at the scene. Police continue to investigate the crash.

Bicyclist Killed On University Parkway By Car

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a car and a Bicyclist Saturday night.

The crash took place around 6:50 p.m. when driver Jimmie Minnell a 55 year old from Sarasota, turned off University Parkway onto Lockwood Ridge Road and crashed into a bicyclist that had been riding westbound in the bike lane.

The rider, Jackie Winford 60 from, Sarasota, was mortally wounded as a result of the collision, and died from his injuries at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Minnell will be charged with violating right of way.