I-75 Car Hauler Crash Kills 3 Near Toledo Blade Exit

Florida Highway Patrol reported a major accident with multiple deaths in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Toledo exit in North Port.

The sequence of events that led to the deadly crash took place after a car hauler driven by fifty one year old truck driver Eric Shawback from Haines City pulled the car hauler over onto the should just south of the Toledo Blade blvd. exit and stopped due to a mechanical failure in the truck.

After stopping on the shoulder of the southbound lanes, Shawback exited the vehicle.

At approximately fifteen minutes after five in the morning twenty three year old driver Nathaniel Perkins III from Fort Myers approached in a Nissan Murano SUV with passenger 22 year old Johnneisha Gadson of Fort Myers, and twenty three year old  passenger Sharnice Brown, also from Fort Myers. For reasons not yet known, Perkins drove onto the shoulder and crashed into the car hauler trailer at speed.

The force of the impact redirected the Murano, causing it to travel across the highway and slide back into the path of oncoming southbound traffic.

At the same time twenty one year old Hunter Harris from Port Charlotte was driving his Toyota Avalon with passengers 21 year old Austin Diedrick of Port Charlotte, and Anthony Dejesus also from Port Charlotte, in the southbound lanes of I-75 when the Murano careened off the car hauler directly into his path where the two vehicles collided.

Both the driver of Murano, Perkins and passenger Gadson were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The second passenger Sharnice Brown suffered serious injuries and was taken by EMS to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Shawback, the driver of the tractor trailer was hit by a vehicle or debris and died at the scene.

The driver and passengers in the Toyota Avalon all suffered minor injuries during the crash.

FHP also added that several subsequent crashes took place as traffic on I-75 came to an abrupt halt however no further injuries were reported.

Florida Highway Patrol announced an investigation into the crash was ongoing.

Sarasota Motorcyclist Injured In Venice Crash

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries Venice Tuesday.

The report stated that thirty-two year old Gene Slivka of Sarasota was riding a motorcycle heading south on Shamrock Drive. At roughly 4:15p.m. Slivka approached the intersection with Ringtail Road. As Slivka closed on the intersection he entered a turn and for reasons unknown lost control of the motorcycle.

Slivka, motorcycle went down onto the road way, and continued to slide on the pavement until it collided with an oncoming van.

Slivka sustained serious injuries in the crash and was flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The driver of the van, 34 year old Jennifer Quintel from Sarasota was unharmed in the accident.

FHT representatives have stated that an there is an ongoing investigation as to the cause of the crash.

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.