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.
Three 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An unknown driver of a pickup truck is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol for causing an accident that left a motorcyclist injured.
FHP stated that at roughly 9:30 in the morning an F-150 Ford pickup truck ran the light at the north bound I-75 ramp and University Parkway. The pickup truck drove directly into the path of 35 year old Venice motorcyclist, Jeffrey Rush.
Rush was forced to veer out of the way and lay the bike down to avoid a direct collision with the pick up truck.
The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries during the accident and was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment
FHP has asked anyone with knowledge of the accident to contact them at 941-751-8355.
An accident earlier in the week involving a cyclist being struck by a van on 10th and central has prove fatal for the Bicyclist.
The accident occurred November the 6th when a twenty year old Victor Foreman from Sarasota was attempting to cross the intersection of 10th and central on his bicycle and was struck by a van. The Van was heading east on tenth and turned into Central directly into the bicyclist, the driver of the van had no time to avoid the crash.
After being hit by the van, Foreman was flown to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.
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Sarasota Police stated alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. Foreman later died of his injuries while at Blake Medical Center.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that there was a fatal motorcycle accident on Manatee avenue early Friday.
The accident occurred when 89 year old Ernest Taffin from Bradenton made a left turn from Palma Sola Blvd onto Manatee Avenue directly into the path of motorcyclist Jonathan Frye, a 21 year old from Bradenton. Frye who was heading west in the left hand lanes of SR 64 did not have time to avoid the crash. Frye was wearing a helmet while riding his 2007 Aprilla motorcycle when he crashed into the right side of Taffin’s Mercedes.
Despite the helmet Frye was killed from the impact of the crash.