Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident in Port Charlotte on Kings Highway near the I-75 interchange.
The crash took place as sixty-nine year old Richard Honaker from Punta Gorda was northbound on Kings Highway approaching the intersection with Interstate 75, driving a Chevy Avalanche SUV.
At the same time sixty-seven year old Cynthia Hollon also from Punta Gorda was waiting in the southbound turn lane at the intersection with I-75 in her Nissan Versa.
As the Chevy Avalanche neared the intersection, Hollon attempted to turn left onto the I-75 on-ramp and drove directly into the path of the oncoming truck.
The two vehicles collided, one driver was in critical condition and the other driver was also hurt in the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol officers reported a fatal early morning crash in Englewood Monday.
The accident happened just before 1:30 a.m. as sixty-nine year old William Carlson from Port Charlotte was heading southbound on Medical Drive closing on Medical Boulevard.
Carlson lost control of his Toyota Tacoma full-sized pickup truck, and drove through the intersection at speed before crashing into a ditch and coming to a stop in front of Englewood Hospital.
Troopers said that Carlson had been wearing a seat belt Carlson during the accident. Carlson was taken into the Hospital where medical staff pronounced him dead.
The accident is currently under investigation.
A man was seriously injured in a crash between a pickup truck and a scooter.
Florida Highway Patrol stated the crash happened as seventy three year Venice resident, old Charles Hand Junior was following a pick up truck on his Kymico 8 motor scooter southbound on County Road 771.
The pickup truck, towing a trailer and driven by twenty three year old Port Charlotte resident, Dylan Jansch was forced to stop due to traffic. Charles Hand Junior swerved to avoid crashing into the truck but was unable to prevent colliding with the trailer.
Hand was seriously injured in the crash.
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.
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.
The report from Florida Highway Patrol stated that a Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into a motorized bicycle on Tamiami Trail in port Charlotte.
The crash took place as the twenty five year old Andrew Toner from Port Charlotte was trying to cross Tamiami Trail near Elkcam Blvd. At the same time fourty nine year old Anthony Maiello, also from Port Charlotte, was heading south on Tamiami Trail in his Ram pickup truck.
Toner road into the path of the oncoming Dodge Ram, Maiello attempted to avoid a crash but there was not enough time to stop. The force of the crash resulted in Toner sustaining critical injuries and he was taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Toner was not wearing a helmet during the accident. Traffic was stopped for roughly 60 minutes while crews and police responded to the crash.
FHP stated a woman was injured in a single vehicle crash in Charlotte County.
The accident happened when Bettina McMahon, a forty-five year old from Punta Gorda was driving her Ford Mustang eastbound on Oil Well Road.
Just before 8:30a.m. as McMahon approached the intersection with Catfish Road, McMahon lost control of her car. The car swerved across the westbound lane, drove off the road, crashed through a fence before coming to rest in a ditch where trees finally stopped the vehicle.
McMahon was flown to a trauma center for treatment of serious injuries.
A crash involving four vehicles on interstate 75 in Charlotte County has claimed the life of a man from Englewood.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that a crash on I-75 that involved four vehicles began as a tow truck responded to a previous crash adjacent to mile marker 154. John Westby, a 64 year old from Punta Gorda, attempted to maneuver the tow truck into a construction zone to gain access to a previously disabled vehicle.
However as the tow truck tried to make a turn on the dirt median in the construction zone it became stuck. The rear of the tow truck was stuck, sticking out into the northbound lanes of I-75.
After the tow truck was mired, William Golden a fifty five year old from Englewood approached in the fast lane and failed to avoid crashing into the back of the tow truck.
The car collided with the tow truck at speed and the force of the collision through the car into a spin where it crashed into a roadside construction barrel.
Another vehicle, driven by Raymond Daughtery, a fifty nine year old from Lehigh Acres, was approaching in the northbound lanes and avoided crashing into the tow truck by slowing down rapidly. This caused Daughtery’s vehicle to be rear-ended by a car driving behind.
William Golden was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation by FHP is ongoing however troopers did say that Westby would be cited for failing to use due care in a hazard zone.
A crash on McCall road in near Port Charlotte resulted in three being injured.
The accident took place shortly before 7:00am when Jill Castagna a sixty nine year old from Port Charlotte was driving west on McCall Road approaching Gillot Blvd as eighty five year old Genevieve Seman from Englewood was headed east and already in the left turn lane at Gillot Blvd.
Seman attempted to turn left at the intersection as Castagna approached and the front of the two vehicles collided in the intersection.
The resulting force of the impact spun the vehicle Seman was driving around where it finally came to rest in a ditch.
Seman was critically injured and taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Jill Castagna and seventy one Alfonso Castagna where seriously injured in the crash and taken to Englewood hospital with serious injuries.
Florida Highway Patrol stated that charges were pending in the accident.