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.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries on State Road 64 in Manatee County.
The accident happened as fifty four year old Scott Beatty of Sarasota was driving on S.R . 64 and approaching the intersection with Rye Road.
As Beatty closed on the intersection 85 year old Ronald Uden of Parrish was at the intersection on Rye Road. Uden pulled out from Rye Road attempting to make a left turn onto S.R. 64 but failed to yield to the oncoming car being driven by Beatty.
The two vehicles collided and Uden’s car was overturned by the force of the crash.
Both Ronald Uden and his passenger eighty year old Phyllis Uden were critically injured in the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment.
Scott Beatty suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Ronald Uden was charged with failing to yield at a stop sign.
An accident with serious injures was set in motion when a driver ran a red light in Bradenton.
Twenty-two year old Bradenton resident David Betancourt was eastbound on 51st Ave. East and heading toward the crossing with U.S. 301.
As Betancourt approached the intersection the traffic signal turned yellow, rather than slowing and stopping for the signal Betancourt proceeded into the intersection at speed, attempting to turn onto U.S. 301.
Prior to Betancourt entering the intersection the traffic signal turned red and the stopped traffic proceeded into the intersection. Among those drivers was 56 year old Rey Treharn who entered the intersection driving a Ford Ranger pick up truck.
Betancourt crashed into the small pickup truck as they both entered the intersection. Treharn was critically injured in the crash and was transported to Blake Medical center in Bradneton by first responders. Betancourt sustained minor injuries and was brought to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Four others were injured in the crash including three teenagers, fourteen year old Alan Betancourt who was seriously injured, fifteen year old Gabriela Beltran who sustained minor injuries, sixteen year old Miguel Beltran was critically injured, and an as of of yet unidentified 21 year old woman who was critically injured who was taken to Blake Medical Center.
Authorities have charged Betancourt with not having proof of insurance and running a red light.