Florida Highway Patrol reported that an auto accident involving four vehicles on U.S. 301 in Manatee County has seriously injured two.
The report states that the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling in the north-bound lanes of 301 crashed into the back of a line of cars waiting for traffic.
The force of the impact caused a chain reaction as stopped vehicles where slammed into each other.
FHP troopers said the driver of the pickup truck, Trevor Mann a twenty four year old from Sarasota was driving up the inside left lane and for reasons unknown did not stop or slow down enough to avoid a violent crash with the cars waiting for traffic.
The pickup truck smashed into a Pontiac Vibe. Both the driver, seventy four year old Jack Hayward of Venice, and his passenger, sixty nine year old Linda Maynard also of Venice, were gravely injured.
The force of the crash shoved the Pontiac Vibe into the car in front of it with enough force to damage two more cars in front also waiting for traffic.
Hayward was taken to Blake Medical Center with Serious injuries and his passenger, Maynard was also taken to Blake Medical Center listed in critical condition.
Additionally, Kathi Patton, a fifty year old from Ellenton suffered minor injuries after her car was rear-ended by Hayward’s Pontiac and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The fourth vehicle hit by the rear end crash was driven by twenty nine year old Rosalinda Ramirez, from Bradenton who also suffered minor injuries from the accident.
Mann, the driver of the Dodge pickup that caused the crash only suffered minor injuries and after being taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital was cited by FHP for careless driving.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a Toyota Prius and a tractor trailer on State Road 62 in Manatee County.
According to troopers the crash took place shortly before nine thirty a.m. when Gerald Yankovich, a seventy-one year old from Lakeland was driving his Toyota Prius on State road 62 in eastern manatee county when he collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.
The truck, driven by a man from Duette, had been stopped and waiting for traffic before turning left into a private driveway.
Yankovich failed to see the oncoming vehicle and crashed into the back of the trailer at speed in the compact car.
The force of the impact killed Yankovich. Two passengers were also in the Prius at the time of the crash, a twenty-eight year old mother and her ten year old son. Yankovich had been enroute to All Children’s Hospital taking part in the Share Ride Transportation program.
Both the mother and child suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
No charges were filed after the crash.
A crash between a hit-and-run driver and a bicyclist in Bradenton resulted in the death of the bicyclist and police looking for the driver of the vehicle.
Forty five year old Anthony Galanopoulos was riding his bike southbound on the shoulder of 15th Street East in the early hours of Friday when a vehicle pulled off the road onto the shoulder behind him.
After crashing into Galanopoulos on the shoulder, the driver fled the area. Galanopoulos was pronounced dead at the scene and authorities are looking for anyone with knowledge of the incident.
The vehicle was described as possibly a Ford F-150 pickup truck with damage to the right front headlight.
Anyone who knows of the crash should call Florida Highway Patrol at (239) 938-1800 to aid in the investigation.
Authorities have announced at least one person was killed by a traffic accident in Palmetto.
The crash took place close by the intersection of Bayshore Road and U.S. 41 blocking traffic.
Further details are yet to be release by FHP
Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man after a hit and run crash in Manatee County. The man, identified as 32 year old Luis Luna-Castillo from Bradenton has been accused of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.
The Crash took place Sunday night when Rosemarie Cooper, a 68 year old from Bradenton was driving south in Ford Escort on 50th Avenue West when just prior to 9:30p.m. Luna-Castillo, who was driving in the northbound lanes in a Dodge Durango, swerved into the path of Cooper where the two vehicles crashed head-on.
While both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Cooper was seriously injured by the collision.
Luna-Castillo ran from the crash site and attempted to hide from authorities but was found by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
First responders too Cooper to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of serious injures.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a car and a Bicyclist Saturday night.
The crash took place around 6:50 p.m. when driver Jimmie Minnell a 55 year old from Sarasota, turned off University Parkway onto Lockwood Ridge Road and crashed into a bicyclist that had been riding westbound in the bike lane.
The rider, Jackie Winford 60 from, Sarasota, was mortally wounded as a result of the collision, and died from his injuries at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.
Minnell will be charged with violating right of way.
A crash with injuries temporarily blocked the south lanes on I-75 Tuesday
Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place mid morning just after 7:00 a.m. at mile marker 222.
The report stated a pickup that was parked on the shoulder of the median along the southbound lanes attempted to enter the highway in left lane but pulled directly into the oncoming path of a truck.
Jacinto Hernandez, 41, of Pinellas Park, the driver of the parked pickup truck, along with the passengers in the truck suffered minor injuries in the collision.
J. Cruz Mendoza, a fifty year old from Immokalee, who was driving on 75 and crashed into the pick up truck was also injured in the crash.
Troopers stated Hernandez had been sited for improper change of lane and also cited for pulling out in front of a vehicle.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on I-75 that resulted in one man dying from injuries.
The accident happened as Cirilo Rubio 63, from Bradenton was traveling on the northbound lanes when his vehicle crashed as he approached State Road 70 near mile marker 217 just prior to 6:30 p.m.
Troopers state that Rubio was driving a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo in the fast lane and rapidly approached slower traffic. Rubio swerved to avoid crashing into the slower traffic. The Isuzu spun clockwise then rolled twice coming to rest upside down.
Rubio was brought to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment but died of his injuries.