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.

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.