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.

A Car Crash On Siesta Key Injures Three

Florida Highway Patrol reported three people from Sarasota were seriously injured when the driver of the car they were riding in lost control on Midnight Pass Road and crashed.

FHP said the accident happened when the driver of the car, Leann Outing a thirty year-old from Sarasota, was heading west on midnight pass approaching the intersection with Higel.

Outing failed to stop and attempted to continue north on Higel avenue. Instead the car made a sweeping turn to the right and crossed over both the north bound and southbound lanes where it drove off the road on the west side.

After running off Higel onto the shoulder the car crashed into a sign, mailbox and then slamming into a tree.

The collision happened with enough force to seriously injure, Outing and her two passengers despite the fact that they were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Passenger 29 year old Charles Olson and the driver, Leann Outing were taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment. Passenger Malachi Jackson a 28 year-old also from Sarasota was taken to Sarasota Memorial for treatment of serious injury.

FHP has stated that the crash is under further investigation, but has not said whether or not  alcohol was a factor.

Fatal Accident On U.S. 41 Near Road In Venice Kills One, Injures Two

 A serious accident just outside of the Spanish Lakes community on U.S. 41 resulted in a woman fro Venice being killed and two more being injured.

Florida Highway patrol stated the crash happened on Saturday afternoon when 81 year old Ralph Van Brunt and 76 year old Joy Van Brunt attempted to turn into Spanish Lakes drive from the Southbound lanes.

As the Toyota coupe they were driving cut across both lanes of traffic it ran directly into the path of a northbound F250 being driven by 48 year old Margaret  Niklas of Arcadia.

The larger heavy-duty pickup truck crashed into the Toyota just outside Spanish Lakes.

Joy Van Brunt was pronounced dead after being flown to Blake Medical Center and Ralph Van Brunt was brought o Venice Medical Center with serious injuries.

17 year-old Marie Niklas, riding in the F250 was also hurt in the crash and taken to Venice Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol reported all involved had been wearing seat belts and that the driver of the Toyota had violated right-of-way.

Tire-Blowout Causes Crash With School Bus Near Fruitville Road

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on interstate 75 near Fruitville Road involved a school bus transporting 50 students and three other vehicles.

The accident happened when the tire on a Chevy Silverado traveling on I-75 blew out causing the pickup truck and another car to slow down to avoid a crash.

However a School Bus with fifty students and two chaperones from Port Charlotte was unable to slow down in time to avoid rear-ending one of the vehicles. The car struck by the bus was thrust forward and in turn rear-ended another vehicle.

Fortunately no one was injured in the accident however one of the vehicle involved fled the scene.

The driver of the Chevy pickup 45 year old Mitchelle Barnes was given a ticket for no proof of insurance and driving with faulty equipment.

Clark Road Red Light Runner Light Accident Kills Scooter Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported that a red-light runner accident in Sarasota between a Dodge minivan and a scooter has resulted in one death.

The accident happened Saturday just after 8:40 p.m. when the a Dodge Caravan was heading west on Clark Road near the intersection of Honore Avenue when the driver of a scooter ran the red light attempting to turn left, riding directly into the path of the oncoming mini-van.

The violent collision killed the scooter rider, who’s identity has not yet been released.

The occupants of the Dodge Caravan included driver, Michelle Kolch a 41 year old from Thonotosassa and two passengers Anita Glover, 65 and 11-year old Anthony Kolch. No one in the minivan was injured during the crash.

Husband Run Over and Killed By Wife In Venice Driveway

Pelican pointe run overFew details have been released but what is known is 69 year old Gary Lamson was standing in his driveway in Pelican Point a gated community in Venice when he was run over by his wife and killed.

Police said the incident occurred just after 10:00 a.m. after 71 year old Joan Lamson, Gary Lamson’s wife got into the family car, a Lexus LS460 and pulled forward. Gary Lamson attempted to stop her but was struck by the car and run over.

Gary Lamson was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An ongoing investigation into the incident is underway and further no details about why this happened and if charges have been filed have been released.


Manager Of The Venice Yacht Club Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Florida Highway patrol reported David P. Yarzab, manager of the Venice Yacht Club died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle vs mini-van crash Wednesday.

The accident occurred when driver of a Chrysler Town & Country, Polley Lawrencethe an 85 year old from Sarasota, pulled out of the driveway at the Waterfrontoo Grille & Steakhouse onto Tamiami Trail but failed to yieild to oncoming traffic. At the same time David Yarzab, the General manager of the Venice Yacht Club was heading south on Tamiami Trail on his Harley-Davidson.

At roughly 5:30 p.m. with no time to react to the Town & Country that pulled onto the road, Yarzab collided with the driver’s side of the mini-van.

Yarzab, who was wearing a helmet during the accident, survived the initial collision but sustained sever injuries, was taken by paramedics to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Despite surviving the initial crash doctors were unable to save him and he died at the hospital.

Both the passenger,  79 year old Hazel Alberts of Sarasota, and the driver Polley Lawrence, 85 also of Sarasota were uninjured during the crash.

Lawrence was cited by the FHP for failing to yield right of way.