Crash on US 41 In Venice Kills Motorcyclist

Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal motorcycle crash on US 41 in Venice.

The accident took place as thirty nine year old motorcyclist Adrian Morales was riding south in the left lane on his Yamaha Vortex motorcycle.

At the same time, ninety year old Milton Hamois driving in the northbound lanes, entered a turn lane at the intersection of US 41 and Seaboard in his Toyota Camry.

Hamois attempted to make a left turn across 41 into the westbound Seaboard and drove directly into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist.

Morales had no time to react and collided with the Camry. Morales was taken to Venice Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. Morales was wearing a helmet during the crash.

Hamois sustained minor injuries during the crash and has been charged for violating right of way.

Bicyclist vs School Bus Crash Critically Injures Rider In Port Charlotte

A man from Port Charlotte is in critical condition after being struck by a school bus.

FHP stated that the crash happened as  eighty three year old cyclist George Heinrich rode his bicycle north along U.S. 41 and attempted to cross Murdock Circle outside of a crosswalk and in an unmarked are of the road from a parking lot.

At the same time, sixty year old bus driver Jean Corvil from Port Charlotte was driving east on Murdock Circle approaching U.S. 41. with more than thirty students as on board.

The bus grazed to left handlebar of Heinrich’s bicycle causing him to be thrown onto the roadway. The force of the impact combined with the fact that Heinrich was not wearing a helmet resulted in the cyclist being critically injured.

Heinrich was taken to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Bradenton Ciclyst Dies From Accident Injuries

Bradenton Police are looking for information about the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a cyclist Tamiami Trail Tuesday morning.

The crash happened as forty-four year old Bradenton man Leroy Anderson was hit by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Tamiami Trail. The crash took place at roughly 8:00 in the morning when Anderson attempted to cross Tamiami trail south of the DeSoto bridge near First Street West.

First responders rushed Anderson to Blake Medical Center for emergency treatment where he died Thursday later that week.

In the aftermath of the crash traffic was blocked as investigators gathered information about the accident.

Traffic Homicide Investigator Master Patrol Officer Chris Hutchko from the Bradenton Police department is asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to call 941-932-9300.

Nokomis Motorcycle Crash Injures Man From North Port

FHP reported a motorcyclist was in critical condition after a crash on US 41 in Nokomis.

The accident took place when a man only identified as a twenty-three year old from North Port, rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on U.S. 41 at roughly six in the morning.

Shortly after the motorcyclist passed Sorrento Inlets Drive he did not follow a curve in the road, instead rode directly into the adjacent lane causing him to crash into the rear of a Chrysler Sebring.The force of the collision threw the Man from his motorcycle onto the roadway where he was struck by a Nissan Rogue SUV.

The motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash was critically injured and flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Neither the driver of the Sebring, fifty-six year old Kimberly Dayton of Nokomis, nor the driver of the Nissan, forty-eight year old Melody Pruitt were hurt in the crash.


Lakewood Ranch Crash Fatal For Teenagers

A single-car accident on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard resulted in two teenagers loosing their lives.

The crash took place as fifteen year old Jared Duran and seventeen year old Brendan Shreve were driving south on Lakewood Ranch Blvd., in a Mercedes C350 heading toward Clubhouse Drive.

At approximately five in the morning, the two teenagers approached a curve in the Mercedes Sedan. The young driver failed to negotiate the curve in the road and struck the center median. After striking the curb, the car careened onto the median where it impacted a tree head-on. The force of the crash was so violent that the premium, German-engineered, luxury sedan was torn in half by the force.

The front for the car was ripped away from the rear and was carried by momentum into the north lanes of lakewood Ranch Blvd., while the shattering impact of the collision threw the rear of the car into the southbound lanes.

Authorities have reported that given the state of the vehicle excessive speed was likely a factor in the deadly crash.

In the aftermath of the crash members of the community gathered for a memorial service in memory of the teens that lost their lives.

Florida Highway patrol stated an investigation is ongoing.

Two St. Petersburg Police Officers Hurt In Crash By Drunk Driver

St. Petersburg Police announced two officers were injured during a traffic stop at Fourth Street and 24th Ave.

The crash happened as a sergeant and an officer from the St. Petersburg police department were responding to an accident between a tractor-trailer and another driver, 41 year old Raymond Richardson was approaching in his Crown Victoria and crashed into the police cruisers.

The force of the collision was enough to injure both officers, with each sustaining neck injuries. Richardson, the driver of the Crown Victoria, a full-sized sedan, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

Both Police officers were treated at a St. Petersburg Hospital and released later that day.

Hit-run On U.S. 41 Leaves Two Hurt In Manatee County

Florida highway patrol announced a hit and run accident with injuries on U.S. 41 in Bradenton.

The crash took place when twenty-seven year old Santier Gibson of Bradenton was driving his Lincoln Navigator south on U.S. 41 approaching the intersection with 49th Avenue Drive West.

At fifteen minutes before 10:00 p.m. the full sized Lincoln Navigator SUV was slammed into by a Honda CRV compact SUV. The Honda, which had for reasons unknown lost control, crashed into the right front of the Lincoln and careened off the heavier vehicle sending the CRV spinning into traffic in the northbound lanes. At the same time a Nissan Altima heading north on U.S. 41, was struck by the Honda CRV as it spun into the northbound lanes.

Despite having sustained serious damage the Honda CRV was able to fee the site of the crash.

The crash left Gibson, the driver of the Lincoln seriously injured and he was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Altima, 24 year old Eduardo Lopez of Sarasota,  sustained minor injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the crash to contact them at 941-751-7647.

Manatee Avenue Crash Kills Bicyclist in Bradenton

Bradenton Police reported a deadly crash between a bicyclist and a car early Wednesday morning.

The crash took place when cyclist 44 year old Timon J. Morales of Bradenton Beach, was riding near Manatee Avenue West. At roughly quarter till four in the morning, Morales attempted to cross Manatee Ave. at the 12000 block and road directly into the path on an oncoming car.

While the driver of the car has not yet been identified, the vehicle was described as a Hyundai Elantra that was driving east at the time of the accident. Morales was declared dead at the scene of the accident, and the driver of the car that hit him sustained minor injures during the crash. The driver received treatment from Blake Medical Center before being released. As police have stated because Morales was at fault in the deadly crash no charges have been filed on the driver.

St. Petersburg Motorcyclist Killed After Crash With Fire Truck

St. Petersburg authorities reported a deadly crash between a fire truck and a motorcycle early Sunday morning.

The deadly accident  happened as forty eight year old William R. Ash of St. Pete was riding north on 66th Street on the inside lane heading toward the intersection with 54th Avenue North. At the same time a fire truck responding to an emergency was also heading north toward the same intersection.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. both the fire truck and the motorcycle neared the intersection with 54th Avenue North. As the fire truck approached the intersection it began to make a left turn. At the same time Ash attempted to pass the fire truck and the two vehicles collided. The force of the collision was fatal for Ash who died at the scene.

Authorities stated that the emergency vehicle had lights and sirens on at the time of the accident. Florida Highway Patrol announced charges are pending in the crash.

Wrong-way Crash Injures Two In Venice

Florida Highway patrol announced a crash with injuries in Venice at Center Road and U.S 41.

The accident took place as 97-year old Earl Eugene Ephlin was driving on U.S. 41 in his 2012 Lexus approaching the intersection with Center road heading south in the southbound lanes.

At the same time 50 year old Brian Denning from Venice was driving north in a Toyota Camry, heading the wrong way in the southbound lanes, approaching the same intersection as Ephlin.

The two vehicles collided in the middle southbound lane at approximately 10:30a.m.

Ephlin was seriously injured in the crash and flown to Sarasota Memorial for treatment. Denning, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center. Police have charged Denning with driving on the wrong side of the road.