Interstate 75 Blocked In North Port ByTraffic Accident

A serious crash between a tractor-trailer and small car resulted in the north bound lanes of I-75 being closed for 2 hours while FHP troopers investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage.

The crash made the tractor-trailer in-operable blocking the lanes.

FHP has not released the identities of those involved or whether there have been inuries in the crash.

Pick Up Truck Vs Semi Trailer Crash In Venice Injures One

A crash between a Ford Pickup Truck and a parked Semi-Trailer resulted in the driver sustaining serious injuries and being flown to Blake Medical Center.

Venice Police stated the accident occurred when Scott Varone a 55 year-old from Venice, was driving on Seaboard Avenue when, for reasons not yet stated he crashed into a parked trailer. The force of the crash pinned Varone under the trailer and responders had to extract him from the wreckage.

After being freed from the crash, Varone was flown to Blake Medical Center for treatments of his injuries.

Authorities have not yet stated the cause of the accident however an investigation is continuing.

Sarasota Motorcycle Crash Near Phillippi Leaves Rider In Critical

An accident between a motorcyclist and car on Tamiami Trail near Phillippi Street in Sarasota has left the rider in critical medical condition.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when 76-year old Florentino Mazzucco was driving his motorcycle north on Tamiami Trail after 9:30 a.m. closing on the intersection with Phillippi Street. Mazzucco abruptly attempted to change lanes but crashed into a car being driven by an 84 year old woman.

The force of the collision knocked the helmet-less Mazzucco over, sending him off of his motorcycle and onto the street.

FHP has charges Mazzucco with driving with  a suspended license and careless driving.

Authorities transported Mazzucco to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment.

The driver of the car was not harmed in the crash.

Wrong Way Driver Crashes With Taxi In Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota Police reported a serious wrong-way accident in downtown Sarasota that has injured five people.

The head-on crash happened early morning just after 2a.m. when an unidentified man drove his car the wrong way on U.S. 41 near main street.

As the man drove south in the northbound lanes a taxi cab transporting four passengers was heading north. The two vehicles collided head on injuring all four passengers and the driver of the cab. Two of the passengers suffered serious injuries and were flown by bayflite helicopter for emergency medical treatment.

Sarasota Police have not yet stated whether the driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol or not.

Van Crashes Into Utility Pole In Osprey Killing Driver

Sarasota Police said a man was killed Saturday when the van he was driving crashed into a utility pole.

The accident occurred when Joseph Nauman a 51 year old from Fort Myers was driving north on U.S. 41 in  Osprey shortly after 10a.m. Saturday morning. As the van traveled north in the right-hand lane it swerved off the road and collided with the utility pole at speed.

A witness of the crash told authorities that the driver of the man was suffering a heart attack which caused the crash, however this claim has not been verified.

The driver of the van, 51 year old Joseph Nauman from Ft. Myers died at the scene of the crash.

The force of the collision broke the utility pole and disrupted cable service for residents in Osprey for several hours.

Motorcycle Crash In North Port Seriously Injures Rider

North Port Police Reported a motorcycle accident in North Port that resulted in the rider being air lifted for emergency medical treatment.

The crash happened at the intersection of Sumter Crossing Drive and Tamiami Trail in North Port just prior to 10 a.m.

Motorcyclist Ronald Applegarth a 52-year old was attempting to change lanes when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle went down and continued to skid on it’s side for more than 300 feet on the roadway.

Applegarth sustained serious injuries and was flown to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of his injuries. North Port Police are still investigating the crash.

North Port I-75 Crash Injures Motorcyclist From Naples

Motorcyclist Frank Trulson a 66 year-old from Naples was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton after crashing into a U-Haul trailer being towed by a pick-up truck on I-75 at North Port.

FHP stated Trulson was heading east on 75 near the Sumter Boulevard exit when he approached a pickup truck towing a U-Haul trailer. Apparently the pick-up truck slowed down and the Trulson did not notice the difference in speed in time to avoid  a crash.

Trulson braked hard to stop the collision but lost control of the Harley-Davidson. The bike overturned at speed and slid into the trailer. The force of the impact threw Trulson from the motorcycle and he struck his head on the pavement.

Trulson will be cited for careless driving and not carrying proof of insurance.

3 Pedestrians Injured In Venice By Hit And Run

A child and two adults were injured crossing a road when they were struck by a hit and run driver.

Florida Highway Patrol stated that the accident occurred in south Venice when a group of pedestrians including a minor and two adults were attempting to cross Cypress road, near the intersection of Bonita Road at roughly 6:40 p.m. Sunday night.

The minor and one adult was hit directly by a White Jeep Cherokee heading north on Cypress Road. All three pedestrians were knocked down by the impact and were injured by the crash.

The Jeep continued on fleeing the scene.The injured pedestrians were taken to Sarasota Memorial for medical treatment of their injuries.

Florida Highway patrol is still investigating the incident and asks anyone with knowledge of the driver or vehicle to contact them at 239-938-1800.

Reckless Motorcyclist Injured In Crash On Toedo Blade In North Port

A motorcyclist from Venice was in critical condition after weaving through traffic in the wrong side of the road on Toledo Blade Boulevard.

North Port Police stated that several people saw two motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic at high speed on Toledo Blade – even in front of oncoming traffic.

One of the riders identified as Craig Fox a 24 year old from Venice lost control of his motorcycle swerved into a parking lot and was thrown from the bike. The crash happened at the 1600 block of Toledo Blade at roughly 5 p.m.

Fox was not wearing a helmet during the crash sustained serious injuries and was listed in critical condition after being flown to Blake medical center for treatment.

The other motorcyclist involved in the crash fled the scene and was not been identified by authorities yet.

I-75 Laurel Road Crash In Nokomis Kills One

Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 in Nokomis near Laurel Road.

The accident which has resulted in the death of at least one occurred just prior to 4:30 a.m. Police have yet to release further details including the identities of those involved, the cause of the crash or if anyone else was injured.

The crash took place in the northbound lanes and the lanes were blocked while authorities investigated and cleared the wreckage.