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.

Scooter Rider Seriously Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver

Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit and run collision between a scooter and a full-sized Ford SUV.

The crash took place as a twenty-nine year old male was riding south on U.S. 41 at roughly 10:30p.m.

North of the intersection of River Road and 41 the motor scooter was struck from behind by a driver in a Ford Expedition SUV.

The force of the impact threw the rider from his motor scooter onto the shoulder of U.S. 41. The impact seriously injured the downed rider.

The crash sandwiched the scooter under the SUV, where it became lodged and dragged down the road for more than 1,000 feet. Witnesses said the SUV came to a stop and the drive got out, pulled the smashed scooter from under the vehicle and then proceeded to flee the scene.

The helmetless  injured scooter rider was brought to Sarasota memorial for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities are seeking information about the driver of the SUV and have asked anyone with knowledge to contact them at 941-751-8350.

Motorcycle Crash On State Road 72 Injures Rider

FHP disclosed a crash with injuries on State Road 72 in Sarasota.

Troopers said fifty-eight year old Kenneth Levine was riding west on SR 72 at roughly 3:00p.m. approaching Sidell Road when he failed to negotiate a curve.

As Levine road through the curve his motorcycle hit a guardrail at speed. Levine was thrown from his motorcycle onto the roadway inflicting serious injuries.

Levine was flown by helicopter to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for medial treatment.

Sarasota Hit-And-Run Leaves Three Injured

A rear-end collision by a hit-and-run driver injures three in south county.

Police stated that a fifty-eight year old woman from North Port driving a Cadillac was heading west on U.S. 41 in North Port followed by a seventy six year old from Englewood driving a Nissan NV200.

Responding to bad weather both drivers slowed  sharply as they approached the intersection of Tamiami Trail and De Leon Drive.

A following car failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the Nissan. The force of the impact crashed the Nissan into the Cadillac shoving it over the median and into the path of oncoming traffic. A woman from Venice was unable to stop before crashing into the Cadillac.

All drivers involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. The driver that slammed into the rear of the Nissan fled the scene and police as of yet have no description of the vehicle.

Florida Highway has asked anyone with knowledge of crash to contact them at (941) 751-8350.

Sarasota Traffic Signal Worker Seriously Injured In Hit and Run Accident

Florida Highway Patrol announced a Sarasota County traffic signal worker was seriously injured in a hit and run incident in Nokomis Sunday night.

The accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Roberts Road in Nokomis at roughly fifteen after 11p.m.

Witnesses described a white Ford Taurus that struck traffic signal worker Robert Smith as he was working on a job site standing partially in closed turn lane by the southbound lanes at the Roberts Road, Tamiami Trail intersection.

The car was last seen fleeing the crash scene driving east on Lakeview Drive.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the hit and run crash to call them at 239-938-1800.

Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident Leaves Woman From Venice Injured

Florida Highway Patrol announced a hit and run accident that took place Sunday evening on Venice Boulevard.

The incident happened shortly after 10:00p.m. when forty six year old Dawn Hinton from Venice was walking in near the 300 Block on Venice Blvd, when she was hit by a car.

The force of the collision tossed Hinton the roadway were she came to rest in a seated position. Fortunately Hinton’s injuries were minor and she received treatment at Bayfront Medical Center.

The car that struck Hinton did not stop and left no tire marks at the scene. No description of the vehicle is available.

Sarasota Scooter Crash Injures Woman

Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident involving a scooter and a car that has left one woman in critical condition.

The crash took place at roughly ten minutes after ten in the evening when Ana J. Muller Padilla was driving her scooter east on Clark Road in Sarasota and approached the intersection with Gateway Avenue. A Ford Mustang was also traveling east on Clark Road driving behind Padilla’s scooter but at a greater speed.

The driver of the Mustang, 28 year-old Ronda M. Rohde also from Sarasota, failed to see the slower scooter and did not slow to avoid a collision.

The Mustang slammed into the back of the scooter which ejected Padilla onto the roadway. Padilla had not been wearing a helmet during the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton Florida wear she was listed as critical condition.

Rohde, the driver of the Mustang was charged with careless driving.

Crash On U.S. 41 In Sarasota Injures Three

A three car accident in Sarasota on U.S. 41 resulted in at least three people being injured.

The crash took place just prior to 10 a.m. at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and 42nd Street when witnesses reported a Volkswagen traveling in the northbound lanes crossed traffic, drove over the median and careened into the southbound traffic. As the Volkswagen drove into southbound lanes and crashed into a van, and possibly two other vehicles.

One person was seriously injured and had to be taken by Paramedics to an area trauma center. Two other injured people were taken to area hospitals by ambulance.

Sarasota Police have stated an investigation is ongoing.

Violent Crash On I-75 At River Road Killes One, Injures Two

A crash between two vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes on I-75 close to the River Road exit in Venice resulted in one death and two people injured.

The accident took place at roughly 10:20 a.m  when sixty-two year old Alison Young driving a Ford Escape had been slowed or stopped from traffic further ahead.

A seventy-six year old woman from Ft. Myers was driving a 2004 Toyota was approaching the stopped traffic at speed and failed to slow down.

The Toyota slammed into the back of the Ford Escape violently and both vehicles were spun off the highway where they crashed into pine trees along the shoulder.

A passenger in the Toyota only identified as a sevety-seven year old male was killed in the crash. The woman driving the Toyota was taken to Venice Regional Hospital in critical condition.

Young, the driver of the Escape was seriously injured in the crash.

Police stated that no skid marks were found at the scene possibly indicating the Toyota did not slow at all before smashing into the Escape however an investigation was ongoing.