Violent Crash On I-75 At River Road Killes One, Injures Two

A crash between two vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes on I-75 close to the River Road exit in Venice resulted in one death and two people injured.

The accident took place at roughly 10:20 a.m  when sixty-two year old Alison Young driving a Ford Escape had been slowed or stopped from traffic further ahead.

A seventy-six year old woman from Ft. Myers was driving a 2004 Toyota was approaching the stopped traffic at speed and failed to slow down.

The Toyota slammed into the back of the Ford Escape violently and both vehicles were spun off the highway where they crashed into pine trees along the shoulder.

A passenger in the Toyota only identified as a sevety-seven year old male was killed in the crash. The woman driving the Toyota was taken to Venice Regional Hospital in critical condition.

Young, the driver of the Escape was seriously injured in the crash.

Police stated that no skid marks were found at the scene possibly indicating the Toyota did not slow at all before smashing into the Escape however an investigation was ongoing.

Motorcycle Accident In North Port Seriously Injures Rider

A crash with injuries was reported by North Port Police Sunday. Officers stated that a motorcycle accident occurred between a pickup truck and motorcycle just prior to 8:00 p.m.

The accident unfolded as Hugh Gravitt a 29-year old from North Port was riding on South Cranberry Blvd. and approaching Ida Lane. In the opposite direction Fourty-two year old Stephen Smith was driving a pickup truck.

Smith attempted to turn left from Cranberry onto Ida lane and pulled out in front of the oncoming motorcyclist.

Gravitt had not time to react and collided with the pick up truck violently. Police stated that Gravitt was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte and was stable but suffered serious injuries.

Charges against the driver of the pickup truck are pending.

Car Vs. Motorcycle Crash On Bee Ridge Road Critically Injures Motorcyclist

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash involving a motorcyclist and a Ford compaq SUV early Wednesday morning on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.

The accident took place when Tyler Castillo 19 from Sarasota was eastbound on Bee Ridge Road. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Castillo collided with a Ford Escape being driven by Jeff Etienne, 26 also from Sarasota.

The force of the collision threw Castillo from his Honda motorcycle into the westbound lanes of Bee Ridge Rd. Castillo was struck by a F-250 pick up truck and was critically injured. The motorcycle continued on into the median and came to a stop after striking a tree.

Castillo was taken by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Police cited Castillo for reckless driving and having an expired registration.

One Killed, One Critically Injured In Clark Road Motorcycle Crash

Florida Highway Patrol announced a motorcyclist riding down Clark Road was killed after a collision with a Mercedes Sunday.

The fatal accident took place when Jacques Verreault a 68-year-old Canadian from Isle Aux Coudres, Quebec riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson was riding east on Clark road with a female passenger approaching the Proctor Road intersection.

Robert Escavich a 70 year old from Sarasota, was driving south on Proctor Road and failt to stop at the Clark Road intersection. Escavich driving his Mercedes GL450 drove directly in front of the oncoming motorcyclist and the two vehicles collided in the intersection at speed.

Verreault, the driver of the Harley-Davidson was brought to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota but succumbed to his injuries and died.

The passenger a woman also from Isle Aux Coudres, Quebec, survived the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton where she remains in critical condition.

FHP stated charges are pending for Escavich.

Bicyclist Killed By Car Strike In North Port

North Port police is investigating an apparent car vs bicycle crash that took the life of a 20 year old male Monday.

The fatal crash took place at roughly 9p.m. when 20 year-old cyclist Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was attempting to cross Tamiami trail near South Biscayne Drive when he was hit by a car.

The driver, 30 year old Shane Michael Kennedy, was heading north in a Chevy Impala sedan when he encountered Cota-Alvarado. Kennedy did not see the Bicyclist untill it was too late to avoid a collision.

Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was struck at speed, mortally wounding him. Cota-Alvarado was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

North Port Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

Venice Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

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.

Triple-Vehicle Crash On I-75 Injures Three In Sarasota

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.

Venice Motorcycle Crash Leaves Rider Seriously Injured

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.

Crash On I-75 In Sarasota County Seriously Injures Two

Florida Highway patrol reported two people were hurt after being involved in a crash on interstate 75 near North Port.

The accident took place as John Byrd, 30 from Port Charlotte was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango SUV on the southbound lanes of I-75. As the SUV was approximately 4 miles north of the Kings Highway interchange Byrd lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle veered from the far left lane all the way off the shoulder of the right side of southbound lanes where the SUV drove off the road and crashed into a tree.

The collision happened near mile marker 174 at roughly 9:15am, and the force of the crash resulted in serious injuries to the SUV’s occupants. John Byrd, the driver, and passenger Charlie Cole 21, also of Port Charlotte were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte for treatment.

Police also stated some charges were pending in the accident.