Manatee County Sheriffs office reported a fifteen year old boy drove off with father’s car causing 4 crashes in Bradenton.
The Sheriff’s office stated that deputies approached the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash in Bradenton at First Street East and U.S. 301 when the driver of the car took off as the officer came to speak to the drivers.
The Sheriff’s office deputy pursued the driver of the car heading south until the driver crashed into a power pole in the 5100 block of 15th Street East.
At the crash scene the deputy discovered the hit-and-run driver was a fifteen year old boy. The boy was injured in the accident and taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Sheriff’s office then learned of three other crashes caused by the fifteen year old. One of the crashes also in Bradenton, injured a 38-year old that was taken to the hospital for treatment. The other accidents had not resulted in injuries or they were not reported.
Both the boy and his father has stated the boy took the car without permission. The Manatee Sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the incident.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident Thursday on Interstate 75 in Manatee County.
The crash occurred in a rural area near mile marker 234 after one o’clock in the afternoon. Witnesses told Troopers that a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck smashed into the back of a tractor-trailer south of Sun City Center.
Other drivers were forced to stop because of the crash and attempted to give CPR to the driver of the Ford while waiting for EMS.
The force of the crash was too much however and proved fatal for the driver of the pick up truck.
It has not yet been released why the truck crashed into semi and FHP has not yet released the identity of the driver.
A serious crash between a tractor-trailer and small car resulted in the north bound lanes of I-75 being closed for 2 hours while FHP troopers investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage.
The crash made the tractor-trailer in-operable blocking the lanes.
FHP has not released the identities of those involved or whether there have been inuries in the crash.
A crash between a Ford Pickup Truck and a parked Semi-Trailer resulted in the driver sustaining serious injuries and being flown to Blake Medical Center.
Venice Police stated the accident occurred when Scott Varone a 55 year-old from Venice, was driving on Seaboard Avenue when, for reasons not yet stated he crashed into a parked trailer. The force of the crash pinned Varone under the trailer and responders had to extract him from the wreckage.
After being freed from the crash, Varone was flown to Blake Medical Center for treatments of his injuries.
Authorities have not yet stated the cause of the accident however an investigation is continuing.
An accident between a motorcyclist and car on Tamiami Trail near Phillippi Street in Sarasota has left the rider in critical medical condition.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when 76-year old Florentino Mazzucco was driving his motorcycle north on Tamiami Trail after 9:30 a.m. closing on the intersection with Phillippi Street. Mazzucco abruptly attempted to change lanes but crashed into a car being driven by an 84 year old woman.
The force of the collision knocked the helmet-less Mazzucco over, sending him off of his motorcycle and onto the street.
FHP has charges Mazzucco with driving with a suspended license and careless driving.
Authorities transported Mazzucco to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment.
The driver of the car was not harmed in the crash.
Sarasota Police reported a serious wrong-way accident in downtown Sarasota that has injured five people.
The head-on crash happened early morning just after 2a.m. when an unidentified man drove his car the wrong way on U.S. 41 near main street.
As the man drove south in the northbound lanes a taxi cab transporting four passengers was heading north. The two vehicles collided head on injuring all four passengers and the driver of the cab. Two of the passengers suffered serious injuries and were flown by bayflite helicopter for emergency medical treatment.
Sarasota Police have not yet stated whether the driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol or not.
Sarasota Police said a man was killed Saturday when the van he was driving crashed into a utility pole.
The accident occurred when Joseph Nauman a 51 year old from Fort Myers was driving north on U.S. 41 in Osprey shortly after 10a.m. Saturday morning. As the van traveled north in the right-hand lane it swerved off the road and collided with the utility pole at speed.
A witness of the crash told authorities that the driver of the man was suffering a heart attack which caused the crash, however this claim has not been verified.
The driver of the van, 51 year old Joseph Nauman from Ft. Myers died at the scene of the crash.
The force of the collision broke the utility pole and disrupted cable service for residents in Osprey for several hours.