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.

Triple-Vehicle Crash On I-75 Injures Three In Sarasota

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries on I-75 near Clark Road in Sarasota.

The accident was a triple-vehicle chain-reaction car crash in the southbound lanes that caused the drivers of all three vehicles to sustain minor injuries. The crash took places as Traffic on I-75 slowed sharply approaching the Clark road exit and motorist Brittany Pecora from Sarasota, was unable to slow down enough to avoid crashing into the vehicle in front of her.

Pecora’s Suzuki crashed into a Lexus, driven by Susan O’Toole a 50 year old from Sarasota. The force of the crash propelled the Lexus into the back of a Cadillac driven by Pamela Farrara who was slowing her vehicle down to exit the freeway.

The drivers of all three vehicles sustained minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The crash caused a significant traffic delay on I-75. Troopers cited Pecora for careless driving.

Hit And Run Porsche Driver Kills 2 In St. Petersburg

Police in St. Petersburg Florida chased down a hit and run driver that fled the scene of a crash one crash and collided with another vehicle killing two.

The driver of a Porsche SUV was involved in a car crash, then fled the scene. Police stated that while fleeing the scene of the first crash the SUV exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour. As the driver of the SUV sped away from the first crash they collided with another car. Both the driver and the passenger of the car were killed in the collision.

The driver of the SUV, Anthony Apollo Neeley was charged by St. Petersburg Police with two cases of DUI manslaughter, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating a car without registration, and without insurance.

The names of the deceased will not be released until the families have been notified.

Motorcycle Crash In Sarasota Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcycle accident with injuries that took place Thursday evening on Clark Road in Sarasota.

The Crash happened as what was a described as a small brown colored car traveling west on Clark road made a sudden left-hand turn onto Colonial Drive. Apparently the driver of the car did not see the oncoming motorcycle and turned directly into the riders path.

Motorcyclist Carlos Vasconelos, a 49 year-old from Sarasota was riding his Suzuki motorcycle east on Clark and was approaching the intersection with Colonial Drive when the compact car turned in front of him.

Vasconelos turned sharply, avoiding crashing into the car but hit a curb in the process and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Vasconelos suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. FHP has charged Vasconelos with not having the motorcycle endorsement and are attempting to locate the driver of the compact car.

Troopers have asked that anyone with knowledge of the accident call them at 239.938.1800.

Venice Motorcycle Crash Leaves Rider Seriously Injured

Florida Highway Patrol Reported a crash involving a motorcyclist and Ford pick up truck in Venice Friday.

The crash occurred at roughly 4:30 in the afternoon as Mallory Johnson, 27 of Venice was driving east on Shamrock Drive near Wisteria Road when a motorcyclist attempting to turn across the road drove directly in front of Johnson’s F-150 pick up.

The motorcyclist, Albert Chesbrough, 78 of Venice, was hit by the oncoming pickup as he rode his Honda V-twin across Shamrock from the west and turned without yielding to traffic.

Chesbrough, who was not wearing a helmet during the crash suffered severe injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency treatment.

Chesbrough was cited by officers for failing to give right of way.

Crash On I-75 In Sarasota County Seriously Injures Two

Florida Highway patrol reported two people were hurt after being involved in a crash on interstate 75 near North Port.

The accident took place as John Byrd, 30 from Port Charlotte was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango SUV on the southbound lanes of I-75. As the SUV was approximately 4 miles north of the Kings Highway interchange Byrd lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle veered from the far left lane all the way off the shoulder of the right side of southbound lanes where the SUV drove off the road and crashed into a tree.

The collision happened near mile marker 174 at roughly 9:15am, and the force of the crash resulted in serious injuries to the SUV’s occupants. John Byrd, the driver, and passenger Charlie Cole 21, also of Port Charlotte were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte for treatment.

Police also stated some charges were pending in the accident.

Crash With Injuries Blocks Interstate 75 Lanes In Manatee County

A crash with injuries temporarily blocked the south lanes on I-75 Tuesday

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place mid morning just after 7:00 a.m. at mile marker 222.

The report stated a pickup that was parked on the shoulder of the median along the southbound lanes attempted to enter the highway in left lane but pulled directly into the oncoming path of a truck.

Jacinto Hernandez, 41, of Pinellas Park, the driver of the parked pickup truck, along with the passengers in the truck suffered minor injuries in the collision.

J. Cruz Mendoza, a fifty year old from Immokalee, who was driving on 75 and crashed into the pick up truck was also injured in the crash.

Troopers stated Hernandez had been sited for improper change of lane and also cited for pulling out in front of a vehicle.