A crash in eastern Manatee county between a school bus and a commercial bus has been reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP stated that the crash began as a bus from Manatee County Public Schools was transporting twenty nine students from Nolan Middle School on State Road 64.
Driven by fifty year old bus driver Tammy Hartley, the bus was stopped in the westbound lanes of SR64 close the stop at 411th Street East.
At roughly the same time bus driver sixty six year old Sergio Rodriguez was driving a Freightliner commercial bus transporting 49 adult workers also on the westbound lanes of state road 64.
For reasons unknown Rodriguez did not notice the stopped school bus in time to avoid a collision, and the Freightliner bus crashed into the rear of the school bus.
The collision resulted in fifteen Nolan Middle School students sustaining minor injuries, none serious enough to require a hospital stay.
Neither the driver nor the passengers in the Freightliner bus were injured in the crash.
Troopers have stated that Rodriguez has been charged with careless driving.
Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal hit and run pedestrian crash on State Road 64.
The crash took place as forty one year old Temple Terrace resident, Clarence Johnson was heading eastbound on foot along the westbound lanes of State Road 64.
At roughly 12am Johnson was approaching Oak Point Drive when he was struck by a full-sized pickup or van. The vehicle was described as possibly being a Ford Superduty Or Ford Van of unknown model or color.
Johnson died at the scene of the crash.
FHP has asked anyone with knowledge of the hit and run to contact them at 941-751-8350.
Florida Highway Patrol Reported a fatal crash on SR 64 in Bradenton.
The collision took place when seventy four year old Dana Kay was walking along State Road 64 in the 4300 block.
At roughly 6:50 a.m. Kay was struck by a moving vehicle and died at the scene as a result of her injuries.
Bradenton Police have asked anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact them at 866-634-8477.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident on SR 70 in Manatee County.
Shortly before 4:00a.m. an accident on State Road 70 resulted in a large pile of sod being dumped onto the roadway just west of Betts road, blocking the eastbound lanes.
Minutes later twenty one year old Shayne Williams of Myakka City heading eastward on State Road 70 in a 1996 Ford Mustang approached the sod on the roadway in the darkness of night.
At the same time fifty one year old truck driver Barbaro Carabeo, of Valrico was driving a 2007 Mack Truck following behind Williams Mustang.
Williams unaware of the sod on the roadway collided with the road blockage and was brought to a stop on SR 70.
Shortly after hitting the sod, the Mack Truck crashed into the rear of Williams Mustang and forced the smaller vehicle another 384 feet down the road before coming to a stop.
Williams sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment, however he later died of his injuries.
Troopers have charged trucker, Barbaro Carabeo with careless driving.
Florida Highway Patrol announced a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on State Road 70.
The crash took place as twenty six year old Richard Sconyers of Bradenton was riding a motorcycle without a helmet eastbound on State Road 70 approaching 22nd St. Ct. E.
At the same time sixty five year old Russell Omens also from Bradenton, was driving his Toyota Camry westbound on State Road 70 also approaching 22nd St. Ct. E.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m. Omens attempted to turn left onto 22nd St. Ct. E. and drove directly into the path of Sconyers oncoming motorcycle.
Sconyers was killed by the collision. FHP cited Omens for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash involving a cyclist and a SUV Sunday evening.
The collision happened at roughly eight in the afternoon as sixty-seven year old Daniel Lord of Bradenton was cycling on Cortez Road, attempting to cross from the westbound lanes to the eastbound side of the road.
At the same time thirty year old Eric Brenner also of Bradenton was driving his Jeep Grand Cherokee eastward on Cortez Road approaching 102nd street.
As Brenner drove down Cortez, he failed to see Lord crossing the roadway on his bicycle and crashed into Lord, striking the cyclist on the right side with the front of his SUV.
Lord had not been wearing a helmet during the crash and died from his injuries at the scene.
Police have stated that alcohol was a factor in the crash and that Brenner will be charged with driving under the influence.
Twenty Four Year Old Eugene Williams was struck by four different vehicles while attempting to cross State Road 70 at roughly 10:30 p.m.
The accident happened when Williams tried to cross S.R. 70 after dark and was hit initially by a vehicle driven by seventy three year old Hildry Grace from Riverview Florida.
After being struck by Grace’s car, Williams was subsequently hit by vehicles driven by twenty five year old Albert Parente from Bradenton, and two other vehicles that fled the scene.
Williams died from his injuries.
Police have stated that alcohol was not a factor in the accident and they have asked anyone with knowledge of the other vehicles involved contact them at 941-751-8350.