Fuel Tanker Truck Crash Kills Driver; Closes 75

Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal truck accident on southbound I75 at North Port Friday night.

The crash occurred as a loaded fuel tanker was heading southbound on Interstate 75 near North Port. At approximately 11:00pm the truck began to swerve between the left and right lanes causing driver, sixty-eight year old George Ervin from Valrico Florida to lose control of the heavy truck.

The fully-loaded fuel tanker overturned onto the highway at speed resulting in the truck completely blocking the highway and fuel being spilled out onto the roadway.

Ervin was killed in the crash. The tanker, which had an 8,500 gallon capacity leaked fuel onto the highway forcing a prolonged clean up process that kept the southbound lanes of I-75 closed as crews worked to contain and remove the fuel spill.

Traffic had to be re-routed on secondary roads, and the highway was resurfaced before being reopened.


Pedestrian Injured After Being Hit By Car On Beneva

Sarasota authorities reported a pedestrian accident with serious injuries on Beneva road.

The accident happened as sixty-five year old  Mary Tognareli of Sarasota began to walk onto the roadway of Beneva Road just south of Treeline Road.

At the same time a Nissan Altima being driven by a female teenager was traveling on Beneva road.

As Tongareli entered the road she was struck by the sedan and critically injured.

Tongareli was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Downtown Sarasota Roundabout Crash Kills Motorcyclist

 Police in Sarasota announced a fatal motorcycle accident downtown.

At roughly 1:45 in the morning 27 year old Alaska native motorcyclist Aleksandr was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Main Street and entered the roundabout at Main Street and Orange.

Witnesses stated that  Aleksandr may have been traveling too fast causing him to fail to negotiate the turn. Aleksandr collided with the roundabout and was thrown from his motorcycle. Aleksandr died as a result of his injuries.

Police are investigating if alcohol was a factor in the  crash.

Homeless Cyclist Struck and Killed In North Port

North Port Police reported a fatal accident early morning on South Tamiami Trail at North Port Blvd.

The accident happened at roughly six in the morning as a man identified only as a homeless, forty-eight year old male was riding a bicycle south on Tamiami trail in the early morning darkness with no lights. The man was struck by a tractor-trailer driving down the south lanes.

The truck driver stopped phoned the authorities and attempted CPR on the injured cyclist. However the victim died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

SUV Crash Near Riverview High Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol announced a crash with injuries near Riverview High in Sarasota.

FHP troopers are investigating an auto accident that took place near Riverview High School Tuesday afternoon.

The crash between a VW sedan and a General Motors Corporation Yukon sport utility vehicle happened are roughly 4:15p.m.

The collision resulted in the GMC SUV overturning, and at least one person with injuries. Neither the identities of the injured person, nor the other parties involved in the crash have been released.

An official from the Sarasota County Fire Department stated the injured person was brought to the local fire department for treatment.

Four Hurt and One Dead In Multi-Vehicle Crash On Fruitville Road

Officials from the Sarasota Police Department announced a deadly crash on Fruitville Road in Sarasota Tuesday Morning.

The fatal accident took place prior to 8 a.m. when for reasons unknown, a vehicle heading east on Fruitville drove over the median and crashed directly into two vehicles heading the opposite direction.

A forth vehicle described as an SUV, avoided the collision with the wrong-way driver, however the SUV swerved hard to miss the crash causing it to collide with a tree.

One person was killed and four people have been injured in the crash.

Fruitville remains closed from Tuttle Ave. to Beneva Road as police and crews work to clean up after the deadly crash.

Venice High School Principal In Critical Condition After Accident

FHP announced that Venice High School Principal Jack Turgeon was in critical condition after his Jeep Wrangler collided with a utility pole.

Florida Highway Patrol officers said the crash took place at the intersection Avenue D and Stickney Point Road shortly after 1:30 a.m. as 46 year old Jack Turgeon drove his 1988 Jeep Wrangler on Stickney Point road and attempted to turn right onto Avenue D. As the Jeep entered the turn it spun clockwise, slid onto the shoulder and crashed into a utility pole.

Turgeon, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in critical condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

3 Killed In University Parkway Single Car Crash

Sarasota Police announced a deadly single car accident on University Parkway near DeSoto road and Old Bradenton Road.

The report states that at roughly 2:30 a.m. four people were westbound at high-speed in a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. As the full-sized sedan neared the Sarasota-Bradenton air port, the driver lost control.

The sedan drove off the road and impacted with multiple trees, to force of the impact threw one passenger, Thomas Bentley  from the vehicle.

The driver, twenty one year-old Wesley McCurley of Sarasota and two other passengers, twenty one year old Michael Duffy of Sarasota, and twenty one year old Dane Custer of Bradenton were killed in the crash.

Police have said that while excessive speed appeared to be a factor they are still investigating the cause of accident.

Deadly 3-Car Crash On River Road Kills 3

Dangerous River Road in Venice Florida has tragically lived up to it’s reputation. Florida Highway Patrol reported a 3 car crash on River Road that resulted in the deaths three people from Venice.

The crash took place at roughly 8:25p.m. as forty-two year old Joseph Clark of Venice was heading southbound in a 1989 Chevy Van following a Hyundai Sante Fe.

Clark attempted to pass the SUV while both vehicles drove on a curved section of the road that was a no-passing section just north of the intersection with Winchester Blvd.

At the same time eighty-four year old Donald Case of Venice was driving his Chrysler Town and Country northbound from the opposite direction also in the same curved section of River Road.

The two vehicles collided head on violently. The force of the impact spun Clark’s full-sized van around causing it to slam into the Hyundai SUV and rolled over upside down.

Clark, the driver of the van, was pronounced dead at he scene by first responders.

Both Donald Case, and a passenger in the Chrysler mini-van, ninety-one year old Ada Cerrito were also killed as a result of the head-on collision. In addition to Case and Cerrito, two other passengers in the Chrysler van, seventy-three year old Constance Burrell of Venice, and seventy-five year old Wayne Burrell also of Venice were transported to Venice Regional Bayfront with serious injuries.

Deadly Crash On River Road Injures 4

Florida Highway Patrol reported a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in one death and four injured in Venice Friday evening.

The accident took place at roughly nine in the evening as twenty-seven year old John Asendorf the Third from Port Charlotte was driving northbound in the southbound lane as he negotiated a curve on River Road near the intersection with Winchester Blvd., in a Honda Civic.

At the same time Land O’ Lakes resident, fifty-four year old Andrew Duffen in his 2011 Honda Pilot SUV was driving south on River Road and entering the same curve.

The two vehicles quickly closed on each other. In an effort to avoid a head-on crash Duffen turned sharply to the right, however there was not enough time to react and the two vehicles collided as they drove into the curve from opposite directions.

The violent collision resulted in Duffen as well as two other passengers, fifty four year old Diane Duffen and eighteen year old Rachel Duffen  sustaining serious injuries. A third passenger 82 year old Cecili Sovyrda from Jacksonville was killed by the crash and died at the scene.

Andrew Duffen was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in serious condition and Diane and Rachel Duffen were taken to Englewood Hospital for treatment also in serious condition.

Asendorf, the driver of the car in the wrong way, was taken to Sarasota Memorial in critical condition.

FHP has stated that the crash is still under investigation.