Manatee County Hit and Run Seriously Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man after a hit and run crash in Manatee County. The man, identified as 32 year old Luis Luna-Castillo from Bradenton has been accused of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.

The Crash took place Sunday night when Rosemarie Cooper, a 68 year old from Bradenton was driving south in Ford Escort on 50th Avenue West when just prior to 9:30p.m. Luna-Castillo, who was driving in the northbound lanes in a Dodge Durango, swerved into the path of Cooper where the two vehicles crashed head-on.

While both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Cooper was seriously injured by the collision.

Luna-Castillo ran from the crash site and attempted to hide from authorities but was found by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

First responders too Cooper to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of serious injures.

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.

Hit And Run Porsche Driver Kills 2 In St. Petersburg

Police in St. Petersburg Florida chased down a hit and run driver that fled the scene of a crash one crash and collided with another vehicle killing two.

The driver of a Porsche SUV was involved in a car crash, then fled the scene. Police stated that while fleeing the scene of the first crash the SUV exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour. As the driver of the SUV sped away from the first crash they collided with another car. Both the driver and the passenger of the car were killed in the collision.

The driver of the SUV, Anthony Apollo Neeley was charged by St. Petersburg Police with two cases of DUI manslaughter, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating a car without registration, and without insurance.

The names of the deceased will not be released until the families have been notified.

Motorcycle Crash In Sarasota Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcycle accident with injuries that took place Thursday evening on Clark Road in Sarasota.

The Crash happened as what was a described as a small brown colored car traveling west on Clark road made a sudden left-hand turn onto Colonial Drive. Apparently the driver of the car did not see the oncoming motorcycle and turned directly into the riders path.

Motorcyclist Carlos Vasconelos, a 49 year-old from Sarasota was riding his Suzuki motorcycle east on Clark and was approaching the intersection with Colonial Drive when the compact car turned in front of him.

Vasconelos turned sharply, avoiding crashing into the car but hit a curb in the process and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Vasconelos suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. FHP has charged Vasconelos with not having the motorcycle endorsement and are attempting to locate the driver of the compact car.

Troopers have asked that anyone with knowledge of the accident call them at 239.938.1800.

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 With Injuries Blocks Interstate 75 Lanes In Manatee County

A crash with injuries temporarily blocked the south lanes on I-75 Tuesday

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the crash took place mid morning just after 7:00 a.m. at mile marker 222.

The report stated a pickup that was parked on the shoulder of the median along the southbound lanes attempted to enter the highway in left lane but pulled directly into the oncoming path of a truck.

Jacinto Hernandez, 41, of Pinellas Park, the driver of the parked pickup truck, along with the passengers in the truck suffered minor injuries in the collision.

J. Cruz Mendoza, a fifty year old from Immokalee, who was driving on 75 and crashed into the pick up truck was also injured in the crash.

Troopers stated Hernandez had been sited for improper change of lane and also cited for pulling out in front of a vehicle.

Crash On I-75 Kills One On Bradenton

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on I-75 that resulted in one man dying from injuries.

The accident happened as Cirilo Rubio 63, from Bradenton was traveling on the northbound lanes when his vehicle crashed as he approached State Road 70 near mile marker 217 just prior to 6:30 p.m.

Troopers state that Rubio was driving a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo in the fast lane and rapidly approached slower traffic. Rubio swerved to avoid crashing into the slower traffic. The Isuzu spun clockwise then rolled twice coming to rest upside down.

Rubio was brought to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment but died of his injuries.

Motorcyclist From Palmetto Dies On Manatee County Roads

FHP stated a motorcyclist from Palmetto died after crashing his 2013 Harley Davidson on U.S. 41.

The accident took place when Charles Washington, Sr. traveled north on U.S. 41 in Palmetto after 6p.m. in the fast lane approaching the intersection with 39th Street.

For reasons yet to be determined as he attempted to pass traffic he lost control of his motorcycle crashed into a street sign and collided with a guard rail.

Troopers stated that Washington was not wearing a helmet during the time of the crash. Washington was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment where he died from his injuries.

Bradenton Crash Leaves Motorcyclist In Critical Condition

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash with injures Friday night between a motorcyclist and a sedan.

The accident happened when a motorcyclist identified only as a 61 year old man was riding his Yamaha motorcycle south on 38th Avenue East in Bradenton.

Just prior to 11:00 p.m. 45 year old Jennifer Riesenberger from Sarasota, entered 38th Avenue East from the intersection at 37th Street East and directly into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist.

With no time to react the motorcyclist slammed into the Honda Civic driven by Riesenberger the force of the crash resulted in the motorcyclist being critically injured. The man was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

FHP has stated charges for Riesenberger are pending.