Sarasota Farmers Market Vendor Trapped By Car After Being Struck

Sunday morning a car crashed into a Sarasota Farmers Market tent resulting in the vendor being trapped under the vehicle.

The accident happened at Lemon Ave. and State Street when the car ran over a handicap parking spot then drove over the curb and through the parking landscaping  before smashing into the Market booth. Police have not yet published the identities of either the driver or the injured vendor.

Witnesses reported after the trapped vendor was freed from under the car he was able to sit up, before authorities to him to receive medical treatment.

I-75 Accident Hurts Three From Sarasota

An accident on interstate 75 in Lee County resulted in the driver and two passengers of a Ford F-150 pickup truck pulling a trailer suffering minor injuries.

According the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred when the driver of the pickup (Donnell T. Ward, 55 of Sarasota) heading south drifted off the highway near mile post 149.

Ward attempted to get back on the highway but over-steered causing the truck to spin and trailer to overturn with the pickup coming to a stop in the left lane and the trailer ending up in the median.

The passengers Jerry Cooper, 55, and Roberto Rivera, 63, of Sarasota received minor injuries but did not need to be hospitalized.

The trailer had been hauling cold tar which emptied out onto the highway and spilled onto the median.

I-75 Crash Injurs North Port Woman

A single car accident on interstate 75 in Lee County  injurs a North Port woman.

FHP reported the accident occurred when the driver of a 2001 Acura, (Angelina Osipov, 25), was driving south on State Rd. 78 at quarter after eleven in the Wednesday morning.

Osipo apparently lost control of her car and then collided with the guardrail resulting in Osipo being thrown from the car and the car being overturned.

She suffered serious injuries from the crash and was taken by paramedics to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers for medical treatment.


Students Unscathed In Arcadia School Bus Crash

FHP reported a passenger in a vehicle struck by a school bus in Arcadia was injured but the 19 children riding in the school bus were not injured.

Occurring at the intersection of Southwest Shore Ave. and Southwest Neversail Street near 2:15 in the afternoon. The school bus, driven  by Andrew Garner, 47, of Arcadia, failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a  2001 Buick LeSabre.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Buick, Samuel Grady, 20, of Arcadia, suffered minor injuries and was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol also said everyone but Garner had a seat belt on during the accident.

Car Crash In Sarasota Leaves Passenger Seriously Injured

A two car accident in Venice seriously injurs a 20-year old man from Venice and leaves another with minor injuries. FHP reports the car the seriously injured man was a passenger in was struck while turning left.

The accident occurred when the driver of a 1999 Mercury Sable, Nellie J. Emigh, 50, of Venice was  in the turn lane at East Village Drive. While attempted to make a left turn onto Center road the Sable was struck by a 2006 Dodge Dakota heading West on Center Road as the Dakota driven by Timothy C. Raynor, 48, of Venice approached the East Village Drive intersection.

The Sable and Dakota collided and the Sable was damaged on across the right side. The passenger of the Sable,Geordon C. Emigh, 20, of Venice suffered serious injuries and was transported to Blake Medical Center while the driver of the Sable, Nellie J. Emigh was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries

Raynor, driver of the Dakota was not injured and FHP stated that Raynor, would be charged with a traffic violation.

F-350 Hits Bicyclist Leaving Man In Critical Condition

Saturday night a Sarasota man wast struck by a Ford F350 truck while riding his bicycle east on Proctor Road at around 8:54 p.m.

The Bicyclist ( Lester E. Hawley, 46, of Sarasota) was riding with no lights when he was hit. Danny E. Lewis, 21 also of Sarasota, did not see him in time and hit him from behind with the right front of his F-350.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol Lewis will be charged with careless driving and charges are also pending for Hawley.

Auto Accidents – Be Financially And Legally Prepared Over The Long-Term

People who drive try to make the streets as safe as possible for other motorists and pedestrians. But sometimes things happen that cause accidents. In some instances, an accident is an unfortunate set of circumstances that leaves no one to blame. But in most cases, there is a negligent party that was responsible for causing the accident. It is not easy for the average person to try and prove who was at fault in an auto accident. It is also difficult for the average person to contest a settlement that the insurance company offers when the accident is over. That is why drivers need to hire an attorney after they have been involved in an accident.

There are several things that a person needs to be concerned about when they have been in an auto accident. The first is their own medical condition. If the person is conscious, then he will want to seek out medical attention immediately to make sure that he is in good health. If the person in unconscious, then it is up to the medical professionals on the scene to administer the proper treatment until the victim can be transported to the hospital. It can be a very scary moment to wake up in a hospital after just being in a car accident. But the important thing to remember is that you were able to wake up and you can continue to be there for your family.

Another element of an auto accident is the property damage involved. Most people that own cars rely on their vehicles to get them to work and get their kids to school. Without a car, most people would probably be lost. The interesting thing about the importance of a vehicle is that you often do not realize how important it is until it is gone. When the accident is over, it is up to the insurance company to make a determination on the status of the car. If it is to be repaired, then the repairs need to happen immediately. If it is going to be totaled, then a check needs to be issued so that the owner can get another vehicle as soon as possible.

An auto accident can also leave a victim with long-term injuries that will affect the rest of his life. That is why you need to hire an attorney if you are ever in a car crash. The insurance companies will do whatever they can to get you the lowest possible settlement. An attorney will make sure that you get the settlement you deserve.

By +Bernie Walsh

Downtown Sarasota Bicycle vs Vehicle Accident Results In Airlift

According to Sarasota Police a person was injured during a serious accident involving a vehicle and a bicycle. The injured person was airlifted for emergency medical treatment.

Mound street was closed for a time, near Orange Ave and 41 to allow Sarasota Police to investigate the accident.

Palmetto Motorcyclist Dies From Crash With SUV

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tuesday April 3rd a motorcyclist from Palmetto Florida was involved in a serious accident in which an SUV in the wrong lanes of U.S. 41 struck his motorcycle.

The Palmetto Florida Motorcyclist, David J. Quackenbush, 28, later died of his injuries, Thursday after being taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet while following another car on the northbound lanes on U.S. 41 at the 3000 block. The car Quackenbush was following on his Yamaha motorcycle suddenly swerved onto the median to evade an oncoming vehicle heading the wrong way. The driver of the car avoided a collision and was not hurt, but the oncoming SUV struck the motorcyclist head on. The resulting collision threw Mr. Quackenbush from his motorcycle onto the windshield of the SUV and then to the median.

The Florida Highway patrol identified the driver of the SUV as Jesse L. Kates, Jr., of Bradenton (32). Mr. Kates suffered only minor injuries and was cited for careless driving. Alcohol was not involved in crash.

Motorcycle Crash Results In Hit-and-Run Driver Sought By Police

A motorcyclist in west Bradenton was struck by a hit-and-run driver earlier in March

The hit and run accident occurred at the intersection of 26th Street West and 38th Avenue West around 1:45 a.m. The victim, John McKinnon, 27 of Bradenton Florida, suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Mr. McKinnon was injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle after the hit-and-run driver made a left turn on front of him. The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a older model Oldsmobile with a blue top and white paint. The White Oldsmobile was damaged in it’s right front.

The Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone with knowledge of the accident or location of the vehicle to to contact Trooper Barbara Ehrhart at 941-751-8350, ext. 31763.