Seven Students Injured In Englewood School Bus Accident

Seven students and a driver suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were in was  in a multi-vehicle accident involving two pick up trucks.

The crash happened at the intersection of Bantry Boulevard and Cedar Road shortly after 7a.m. when eighteen year old, Brandon Blumberg driving a pickup truck rear ended the school bus. After colliding with the back of the school bus Blumberg was then struck by an other pick up truck driven by forty-three year old Christopher Weir from Placidia.

The driver of the school bus, sixty-four year old Barbara Kirkpatrich from Englewood, sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Seven students on board the bus also receive injures described as ‘very minor’. The driver of the first pick up, Brandon Blumberg suffered minor injuries, as well as both the driver and passenger of the second pick up, Christopher Weir and 16 year old Mikaylah Chafins.

All of the injured parties were taken to Englewood Hospital for Treatment.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers stated Blumberg will be charged with careless driving.

Deadly Crash On River Road Injures 4

Florida Highway Patrol reported a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in one death and four injured in Venice Friday evening.

The accident took place at roughly nine in the evening as twenty-seven year old John Asendorf the Third from Port Charlotte was driving northbound in the southbound lane as he negotiated a curve on River Road near the intersection with Winchester Blvd., in a Honda Civic.

At the same time Land O’ Lakes resident, fifty-four year old Andrew Duffen in his 2011 Honda Pilot SUV was driving south on River Road and entering the same curve.

The two vehicles quickly closed on each other. In an effort to avoid a head-on crash Duffen turned sharply to the right, however there was not enough time to react and the two vehicles collided as they drove into the curve from opposite directions.

The violent collision resulted in Duffen as well as two other passengers, fifty four year old Diane Duffen and eighteen year old Rachel Duffen  sustaining serious injuries. A third passenger 82 year old Cecili Sovyrda from Jacksonville was killed by the crash and died at the scene.

Andrew Duffen was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in serious condition and Diane and Rachel Duffen were taken to Englewood Hospital for treatment also in serious condition.

Asendorf, the driver of the car in the wrong way, was taken to Sarasota Memorial in critical condition.

FHP has stated that the crash is still under investigation.

Tampa Truck Driver Cited After I-75 Crash In Venice

A semi-truck crash in I-75 near River Road in Venice delayed traffic and drew a citation for the driver of the Tractor-Trailer.

The crash happened as Tampa truck driver, 37 year-old Jerome Graddic was in the left lanes driving southbound in a Ford commercial truck past the River Road exit. As Graddic headed down he left lane in a construction zone, a nearby vehicle in the right began to hydroplane and slide toward the Truck.

To avoid a direct crash with the hydroplaning vehicle, Graddic swerved sharply toward the center median, then turned sharply to the right to keep from heading directly into the construction zone. As a result the trailer became unhitched and overturned blocking the roadway. Crews worked to clear the blockage for nearly three hours after the accident.

Graddic suffered minor injuries during the crash and was charged by Police with careless driving and driving with an expired commercial license.

Graddic was transported to Venice regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Motorcycle vs Pick Up Hit-and-Run Injures Rider

A hit and run motorcycle crash involving a pick up truck is being investigated by Police in Tampa.

Authorities have stated that the crash took place close to the intersection of West Sligh Avenue and North Rome Avenue. Just prior to 9:00 p.m. a motorcyclist riding on N Rome Ave. was hit by a pickup truck.

After colliding with  motorcyclist, the driver of the pickup continued down N Rome Avenue fleeing the crash scene.

The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital in Tampa by the fire department.

Tampa Police are investigating the hit-and-run and have asked anyone with knowledge of the crash to call them at 813-931-6500.

Englewood Man Dies In Car Crash

Charlotte County authorities announced one man was killed in a single car crash.

The crash occurred as 28 year Englewood resident old Sean Minnehan  drove northbound on Sesame Road in Englewood. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Minnehan approached a curve in the road but failed to navigate the turn.

Minnehan went off the road in his Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan, crashed into a roadside embankment and rolled over into a drainage pond submerging the roof of the car.

Charlotte County Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash first and discovered that Minnehan had died at the scene of the crash.

Motorcyclist Injured After Crash With Pinellas County Detective

Authorities reported an accident involving a motorcyclist and a detective from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash took place as twenty year old Eli Ulibarri was riding his Honda motorcycle approaching 62nd Ave. N on Martin Luther King Street.  At the same time, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Detective Joe Miner pulled onto Martin Luther King Street from a driveway, driving an unmarked Buick LaCrosse.

Ulibarria attempted to avoid the crash by braking hard, however the motorcycle went into a slide and crashed into the sedan.

Despite wearing a helmet, Ulibarri sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported by first responders to an area hospital.

University Parkway Hit And Run Injures Man From Palmetto

Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit-and-run crash after a pedestrian was struck and injured on University Parkway Wednesday night.

The incident took place just before 10p.m. as seventy one year old Sigurd Hagen of Palmetto was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of University Parkway near the intersection with Lockwood Ridge Road.

As Hagen proceeding into the roadway outside of the crosswalk he was struck by a vehicle that continued on down University Parkway fleeing the scene.

Hagen was seriously injured by the impact and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

FHP has asked anyone with knowledge of the hit-and-run to contact Trooper D.A. Cole at 239-938-1800.

Red-light Runner Injures Six In Bradenton Accident

An accident with serious injures was set in motion when a driver ran a red light in Bradenton.

Twenty-two year old Bradenton resident David Betancourt was eastbound on 51st Ave. East and heading toward the crossing with U.S. 301.

As Betancourt approached the intersection the traffic signal turned yellow, rather than slowing and stopping for the signal Betancourt proceeded into the intersection at speed, attempting to turn onto U.S. 301.

Prior to Betancourt entering the intersection the traffic signal turned red and the stopped traffic proceeded into the intersection. Among those drivers was 56 year old Rey Treharn who entered the intersection driving a Ford Ranger pick up truck.

Betancourt crashed into the small pickup truck as they both entered the intersection. Treharn was critically injured in the crash and was transported to Blake Medical center in Bradneton by first responders. Betancourt sustained minor injuries and was brought to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Four others were injured in the crash including three teenagers, fourteen year old Alan Betancourt who was seriously injured, fifteen year old Gabriela Beltran who sustained minor injuries, sixteen year old Miguel Beltran was critically injured, and an as of of yet unidentified 21 year old woman who was critically injured who was taken to Blake Medical Center.

Authorities have charged Betancourt with not having proof of insurance and running a red light.

Crash On Singletary Road Injures Three

FHP reports two people have been seriously injured as a result of a traffic accident on Singletary Road in Manatee County.

The accident took place as sixty-two year old Bradenton resident Jack May drove his Nissan Rogue eastbound. At roughly fifteen minutes before 2:00 p.m. May attempted to make a left turn into a driveway at 34075 Singletary Road.

At the same time twenty year old Ross Nelson from Bradenton was driving westbound on Singletary Road in a Dodge Ram pick up truck.

May turned directly into the path of the oncoming pick up truck and the two vehicles collided.

Both driver, Jack May and passenger sixty one year old Lynda May were seriously injured in the crash and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Nelson, who sustained minor injuries in the accident, was taken to Lake wood Ranch Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities stated May has been charged with failing to yield right of way.

DeSoto Crash Injures Cyclist From Bradenton

FHP stated a woman from Bradenton was critically injured after being involved in a traffic accident in DeSoto County.

The accident happened as twenty-nine year old Bradenton woman Jennifer Suggs was cycling northbound just south of SW Angus street on SW Shores avenue on a bicycle not equipped with lights.

At the same time a Ford Van driven by twenty-two year old Joe Palafox from Arcadia was also driving north on SW Shores when an oncoming vehicles headlines obstructed Palafox’s vision monetarily.

The Ford Van collided with Suggs from behind critically injuring her. Suggs was flown Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for emergency medial treatment.