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.

Box Truck, SUV Crash On I-75 Injuring Two At Fruitville

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.

Pedestrian Struck and Injured By Vehicle In Sarasota

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.

Nokomis Auto Accident Kills Scooter Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash between a pick up truck and a scooter Thursday night.

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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.

Construction Accident On I-75 Injures Man In North Port

A fork lift that was involved in installing sod on a construction project along I-75 in North Port struck and seriously injured a landscaper from Cape Coral.

The injured landscaper identified as Jose Torres a fifty nine-year old from Cape Coral was working on a construction project close to mile marker 185.

At approximately 10:45 in the morning Torres was struck by a forklift being operated by Curiel Fermin also fifty nine and from Cape Coral.

FHP stated the accident happened when Torres reached down to pick up an object and was hit by the approaching fork lift. The lift struck Torres in the leg and also with the front tire.

Torres was taken by Helicopter by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol is continuing an investigation into the accident.