Tampa Truck Driver Cited After I-75 Crash In Venice

A semi-truck crash in I-75 near River Road in Venice delayed traffic and drew a citation for the driver of the Tractor-Trailer.

The crash happened as Tampa truck driver, 37 year-old Jerome Graddic was in the left lanes driving southbound in a Ford commercial truck past the River Road exit. As Graddic headed down he left lane in a construction zone, a nearby vehicle in the right began to hydroplane and slide toward the Truck.

To avoid a direct crash with the hydroplaning vehicle, Graddic swerved sharply toward the center median, then turned sharply to the right to keep from heading directly into the construction zone. As a result the trailer became unhitched and overturned blocking the roadway. Crews worked to clear the blockage for nearly three hours after the accident.

Graddic suffered minor injuries during the crash and was charged by Police with careless driving and driving with an expired commercial license.

Graddic was transported to Venice regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Elderly Man Killed In North Port Crash

North Port Police reported a fatal two-vehicle crash Sunday Morning.

The crash took place at nine in the morning as 91 year old Wilber Mulhollen was crossing Tamiami Trail at the intersection of Tuscola Blvd.

As Mulhollen entered the southbound lanes of Tamiami trail his vehicle was struck driver-side by a car driven by thirty year old Jerod English also of North Port.

The force of the impact proved fatal for Mulhollen. Police are currently investigating the crash and no charges have yet been filed.

Clark Road Crash Kills Pedestrian In Sarasota

Florida Highway Patrol reported a man has died as a result of being struck by a car on Clark Road in Sarasota.

The crash took place at roughly nine in the evening as seventy year old Terrence Smith from Uniontown Ohio was driving east on Clark Road approaching the Lockwood Ridge Crossing.

At the same time forty-two year old Vicente Ruvalcaba from Sarasota was attempting to cross Clark Road on foot at the Lockwood Ridge Road intersection.

Smith did not see the pedestrian and struck him with his car at speed. Ruvalcaba was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he was died from his injuries.

University Parkway Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a deadly motorcycle accident on University Parkway Sunday evening.

The fatal crash began when motorist, seventy four year old Richard Fleishman was headin west on University Parkway in his Toyota Camry closing on University Parkway and Honore.

At the same time twenty three year old Sarasota motorcyclist Quintin Clark was riding his Honda CBR 600 east on University Parkway also approaching the intersection of University and Honore.

As both vehicles closed on the intersection Fleishman attempted to turn left from University parkway onto Honore, running a red light Fleishman drove his car directly into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.

Clark had no time to react and crashed into the sedan. The impact knocked him down onto the roadway and he continued to slide on the pavement for some time.

First responders pronounced Clark dead at the scene. Clark had been wearing a helmet during the crash. As of yet charges have not been filed on Fleishman.

DUI Crash Lands Sarasota Man In Serious Condition

Drunk driver causes mini-van crash with injuries on S.R. 72.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that eighty year-old Lee Fleming turned onto the westbound lanes of Clark Road at the intersection with Sawyer Road when he was hit by a Nissan Sienna traveling at speed on Clark.

The accident took place at roughly 4:45 in the afternoon when Lee Fleming entered Clark road from a green light on Sawyer Road. As Fleming drove onto to the westbound lanes of Clark he turned into the left hand lanes and was hit by a speeding Nissan Sienna mini-van.

The driver of the Nissan, twenty three year old Oscar Ovalles was traveling at speed down the westbound lanes on Clark road and ran the red light at Sawyer. As he sped through the light, Fleming pulled into the lane Ovalles was traveling in and the two vehicle crashed violently.

At the last moment Fleming saw the approaching Nissan and attempted to turn away but was unable to avoid the collision. The crash resulted in both Fleming and Ovalles being taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Fleming was in serious condition while Ovalles only sustained minor injuries. Police arrested and charged Ovalles with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury and violation of a traffic signal.

Englewood Motorcycle Crash Leaves Rider In Critical Condition

A motorcyclist was in critical condition after a collision with a minivan in Englewood.

Authorities stated that at roughly nine fifty in the morning, the rider of a 1986 Honda motorcycle was stopped in the southbound lanes at the intersection of North Indiana Avenue and East Dearborn Street waiting in the left turn lane during a green light.

As a Chrysler Town and Country minivan approached from the southbound lanes the motorcycles attempted to turn left,failing to yield to the oncoming minivan.

The two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The rider of the Honda, only identified as a 59 year old male, was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle where he was critically injured. First responders transported the motorcyclist to Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton. The driver of the Chrysler was not harmed in the crash.

Pickup Crashes Into Motorcycle In Sarasota

Florida Highway Patrol announced a collision between a pickup truck and a motorcycle in Sarasota that left the motorcyclist in serious medical condition.

According to FHP the crash took place prior to nine in the evening at the intersection of Fruitville Rd. and U.S. 301.

Witnesses stated that the force of the collision sent the motorcycle’s rider airborne causing the rider to slam into the roadway where they went limp.

Sarasota police responded to the accident and were interviewing witnesses and stated an investigation was ongoing.

The driver of the pickup truck was not harmed in the crash.

Bicyclist Hit On Ringling Causeway Driver Flees

Sarasota hit-and-run on Ringling Causeway Injures Cyclists

A hit-and-run crash between a bicyclist and a driver was reported by Sarasota Police.

The crash took place at roughly 10 in the morning as two cyclists, husband and wife, rode along the Ringling Causeway. As they were just west of Bird Key Park heading towards St. Armands Circle the wife was hit by a vehicle.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a Chrysler 300 painted light blue. The driver of the Chrysler was said to be an elderly woman of caucasian descent.

The cyclist suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

The force of the collision resulted in the Chrysler being dented in and having a ruptured tire, while the driver of the car fled the scene, she was later located by authorities and is facing changes of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Sarasota police are further investigating the crash.

Single-Car Crash On Woodmere Park Boulevard Injures Man In Venice

Florida Highway Patrol reported a single car crash in Venice that resulted in a seventy nine year old man being critically injured.

Crash took place as Donald Richter was approaching the intersection of Tennyson and Woodmere Park Blvd. Apparently Richter suffered a medical issues while driving and may have blacked out. This caused Richter to cross the roadway, swerving  his 2007 Buick Lucerne left over the westbound lanes before he ran over the curb continued on over the shoulder and crashed into the guardrail.

The impact of the crash resulted in Donald Richter suffering critical injuries. First responders took Richter Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Richter was also traveling with a passenger, sixty three year old Rosemary Richter, however Rosemary Richter was not injured in the crash. Troopers said both driver and passenger were wearing set belts.

Two From Sarasota Killed In Fiery Crash While Fleeing Sarasota Police

Florida Highway Patrol announced that two were killed in a crash after fleeing a traffic stop.

The crash happened after Sarasota Police attempted to stop the driver of a 2007 BMW 750Li  at Washington Ct. and 24th St. in Sarasota. The BMW fled and because of danger to civilians the officers did not pursue.

After fleeing the Sarasota Police officers, the driver of the BMW continued at a high rate of speed heading west on University Parkway and attempted to turn right on to the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 but was going much too fast and failed to negotiate the turn. At roughly 2:30a.m. the speeding BMW crossed over the shoulder and high an embankment at the rail line causing the sedan to be launched into the air.

While airborne the BMW smashed into a railroad support pole and the crashed into another. After hitting the pole head-on the car came out of the air onto a metal guardrail in the median and burst into flames finally coming to a stop. Both driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car had a history of multiple traffic violations including  fleeing officers and driving with a suspended license.