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.

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.

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.

The Driver Of A Fatal Wrong-Way Crash In Parrish has Been Identified

Tuesday morning the driver of a Buick sedan heading south on U.S. 301 cut across the median and proceeded south in the north-bound lanes.

The Buick still driving south in the northbound lanes entered a curve in U.S. 301 at he same time a tractor-trail was entering the same curve from the other side.

The driver of the truck, Otniel  Medina attempted to turn to avoid crashing into the Buick but the two vehicles collided violently killing the driver of the Buick.

Due to the nature of the injuries sustained by the the driver it took authorities some time to determine the identity of the driver. Police reported the drive was 83-year old Julian Laney from Venice.

Apparently both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident and it is still unknown why Laney was driving the wrong way or whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Sugar Creek Country Club Parking Lot Crash Kills Three

sugar creek country club accidentThree people were killed, and five people injured Sunday from an accident at the Sugar Creek Country Club in east Bradenton.

The accident occurred at 11a.m. February 2nd in the parking lot of the Sugar Creek Country Club, an over 55 residential community.

Residents of Sugar Creek use the clubhouse as a church Sundays, and had begun to gather and socialize in the parking lot outside after services had concluded. Shortly after 11a.m. the driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV attempting to back out of a parking space in front of the clubhouse apparently lost control of the vehicle and accelerated sharply in reverse across the parking lot.

As the SUV speed in reverse across the lot it slammed into the crowd of churchgoers running over several people before crashing through shrubs and trees and plunging into a lake. The SUV finally stopped after being in several feet of water on the embankment.

Three people were killed and four others suffered serious injures from the impact.

The pedestrians killed in the accident were 72 year old Margaret Vanderlaan from Bradenton, 80 year old Johanna Dijkhoff from Bradnton and  70 year old Wilhemina Paul, also from Bradenton.

Nellie Vlasma and Nelly Deporter were taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment and Michael Claus and Fred Eringa were brought to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Jeep Rear Ends Manatee County School Bus

Florida Highway patrol reported a crash between a 1997 Jeep and a Manatee County School bus  Thursday Morning.

The accident occurred after seven O’ clock on the 30th as the school bus which was stopped in traffic near the intersection of Natalie Way and SR 70 was rear-ended by the Jeep.

Apparently though the eighteen-year old driver of the jeep did apply the breaks to stop the  SUV, the brakes failed to stop the Jeep before slamming into the school bus.

The bus was not filled with children and had just five passengers one of which was a minor.

No one was injured and no charges have been filed in the accident.

Woman in Wheelchair In Critical After Being Struck by A Car

Florida Highway Patrol reported a car struck a roadside gate injuring a woman in a wheelchair in Bradenton.

The accident happened when Linda Burns a 63 year-old diabetic lost consciousness while driving a Chevy Impala east on 57th Ave. East.

Apparently she passed out suffering from diabetes and drifted off the road.

The sedan crashed into a gate flinging the gate open causing the gate to smash into Denese Perry, a fifty one year old from Bradenton, sitting in her wheel chair near by the gate. The car also collided with Perry as momentum carried it further down the side of the road.

Perry was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center and police stated that no charges have been filed against the driver of the car.

Motorcyclist Killed In Bradenton Crash

According to Bradenton Police, a car vs. motorcycle accident ended with the death of a sixty-two year old man Sunday morning in Bradenton.

Police reported that Lois Grossi was riding his Harley Davidson Electra-Glide  heading east on 30th Ave East closing on the intersection with 4th Street East just after 5:30 in the morning when the driver of a Honda SUV attempted to turn left, placing the SUV directly in front of Grossi’s path.

Grossi, and experienced motorcyclist turned sharply to avoid the collision but the SUV was simply too close. The Harley slid out from under Grossi and collided with the SUV at speed.

The force of the collision was enough to fatally wound Grossi, and inflict minor injuries in the driver of the SUV, Anna Woodard a fifty-year-old from Sarasota as well as her passenger.

Woodward will be charged with failure to yield right of way.

School Buses Crash Injuring Students

Florida Highway patrol reported a crash involving two Manatee County school buses resulting in students being injured.

The accident happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of 40th St W. and Cortez Road at approximately 3:45.

Officials from Manatee County Schools stated that 9 Moody Elementary School students suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment following the crash.

Fatal Manatee County Vehicle VS Pedestrian Accident

An accident in eastern Manatee county involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle has left one person dead.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place early Wednesday morning after 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Morgan Johnson road and 37th Ave. East.

The victim was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle and incurred mortal injuries from the impact. Not yet identified by officials, the victim was taken to a local hospital.

Troopers said the accident is currently under investigation.