Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a minivan Friday Night.
The crash took place when Kennith Kubic a 75 year old from Venice was driving his 2010 Dodge Caravan on U.S. 41 approaching the intersection with Sunset Beach Drive.
As Kubic headed down Tamiami Trail, 61 year old pedestrian Leonard Gebhardt was trying to cross U.S. 41.
Gebhardt was struck by the minivan at speed. Police stated Gebhardt was killed by the impact and died at the scene. Police continue to investigate the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries on I-75 near Clark Road in Sarasota.
The accident was a triple-vehicle chain-reaction car crash in the southbound lanes that caused the drivers of all three vehicles to sustain minor injuries. The crash took places as Traffic on I-75 slowed sharply approaching the Clark road exit and motorist Brittany Pecora from Sarasota, was unable to slow down enough to avoid crashing into the vehicle in front of her.
Pecora’s Suzuki crashed into a Lexus, driven by Susan O’Toole a 50 year old from Sarasota. The force of the crash propelled the Lexus into the back of a Cadillac driven by Pamela Farrara who was slowing her vehicle down to exit the freeway.
The drivers of all three vehicles sustained minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The crash caused a significant traffic delay on I-75. Troopers cited Pecora for careless driving.
Florida Highway Patrol Reported a crash involving a motorcyclist and Ford pick up truck in Venice Friday.
The crash occurred at roughly 4:30 in the afternoon as Mallory Johnson, 27 of Venice was driving east on Shamrock Drive near Wisteria Road when a motorcyclist attempting to turn across the road drove directly in front of Johnson’s F-150 pick up.
The motorcyclist, Albert Chesbrough, 78 of Venice, was hit by the oncoming pickup as he rode his Honda V-twin across Shamrock from the west and turned without yielding to traffic.
Chesbrough, who was not wearing a helmet during the crash suffered severe injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency treatment.
Chesbrough was cited by officers for failing to give right of way.
A motorcyclist crashed in Venice Friday at the intersection of Center Road and Jacaranda Blvd Friday afternoon.
FHP stated that it was a single vehicle crash and resulted in traumatic injuries to the rider.
The injured rider was flown to Blake Medical Center for emergency medical treatment.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injuries on interstate 75 near the Fruitville Road exit.
The crash took place just prior to 7:30 a.m. as a box truck and a sport utility vehicle drove south approaching the interchange with Fruitville road. For reasons not yet released by FHP the box truck smashed into the rear of the SUV.
After crashing into the SUV the Box Truck drove off the side of the highway and crashed into a tree.
Nahshon Smith a 36 year old from Bradenton was flown to Blake Medical Center for treatment and 27 year old Derek Smith, a passenger in the box truck was also injured in the crash.
The driver of the Sport Utility Vehicle, Michael Yencik, a fourty-one year old from Lakewood Ranch was unharmed in the crash and none of the passengers were hurt as well.
Troopers stated charges were pending in crash.
Sarasota Police announced a woman was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Fruitville road near Lime and Shade Avenues shortly after seven in the morning.
Witnesses stated that the woman had tried to run across Fruitville outside of a crosswalk area and was hit.
The force of the impact caused severe injuries and the woman, only descried as an adult female, was flown to an area hospital in serious condition.
The accident caused the westbound lanes of Fruitville Road to be closed while police investigated the crash. Sarasota Police continue to investigate the accident and the status of the woman has not yet been updated.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash between a pick up truck and a scooter Thursday night.
The crash happened at approximately 6:30 when the rider of a motor scooter was heading east on Laurel Road. At the intersection of Laurel Road and the Legacy Trail a Toyota pickup truck was stopped yielding to traffic.
The scooter, being driven by Alan E. Pope a fifty three year old, crashed into the back of the pickup truck. Pope was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
First responders arrived at the scene and Pope was pronounced dead by EMS.The driver of the pickup truck, Andrew Nicol from North Port was not hurt in the crash.