Violent Crash On I-75 At River Road Killes One, Injures Two

A crash between two vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes on I-75 close to the River Road exit in Venice resulted in one death and two people injured.

The accident took place at roughly 10:20 a.m  when sixty-two year old Alison Young driving a Ford Escape had been slowed or stopped from traffic further ahead.

A seventy-six year old woman from Ft. Myers was driving a 2004 Toyota was approaching the stopped traffic at speed and failed to slow down.

The Toyota slammed into the back of the Ford Escape violently and both vehicles were spun off the highway where they crashed into pine trees along the shoulder.

A passenger in the Toyota only identified as a sevety-seven year old male was killed in the crash. The woman driving the Toyota was taken to Venice Regional Hospital in critical condition.

Young, the driver of the Escape was seriously injured in the crash.

Police stated that no skid marks were found at the scene possibly indicating the Toyota did not slow at all before smashing into the Escape however an investigation was ongoing.

Crash In Charlotte County Injures Three

A crash on McCall road in near Port Charlotte resulted in three being injured.

The accident took place shortly before 7:00am when Jill Castagna a sixty nine year old from Port Charlotte was driving west on McCall Road approaching Gillot Blvd as eighty five year old Genevieve Seman from Englewood was headed east and already in the left turn lane at Gillot Blvd.

Seman attempted to turn left at the intersection as Castagna approached and the front of the two vehicles collided in the intersection.

The resulting force of the impact spun the vehicle Seman was driving around where it finally came to rest in a ditch.

Seman was critically injured and taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Jill Castagna and seventy one Alfonso Castagna where seriously injured in the crash and taken to Englewood hospital with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol stated that charges were pending in the accident.

 

Lakeland Man Killed In Manatee County Crash With Semi

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a Toyota Prius and a tractor trailer on State Road 62 in Manatee County.

According to troopers the crash took place shortly before nine thirty a.m. when Gerald Yankovich, a seventy-one year old from Lakeland was driving his Toyota Prius on State road 62 in eastern manatee county when he collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.

The truck, driven by a man from Duette, had been stopped and waiting for traffic before turning left into a private driveway.

Yankovich failed to see the oncoming vehicle and crashed into the back of the trailer at speed in the compact car.

The force of the impact killed Yankovich. Two passengers were also in the Prius at the time of the crash, a twenty-eight year old mother and her ten year old son. Yankovich had been enroute to All Children’s Hospital taking part in the Share Ride Transportation program.

Both the mother and child suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

No charges were filed after the crash.

Motorcycle Accident In North Port Seriously Injures Rider

A crash with injuries was reported by North Port Police Sunday. Officers stated that a motorcycle accident occurred between a pickup truck and motorcycle just prior to 8:00 p.m.

The accident unfolded as Hugh Gravitt a 29-year old from North Port was riding on South Cranberry Blvd. and approaching Ida Lane. In the opposite direction Fourty-two year old Stephen Smith was driving a pickup truck.

Smith attempted to turn left from Cranberry onto Ida lane and pulled out in front of the oncoming motorcyclist.

Gravitt had not time to react and collided with the pick up truck violently. Police stated that Gravitt was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte and was stable but suffered serious injuries.

Charges against the driver of the pickup truck are pending.

Car Vs. Motorcycle Crash On Bee Ridge Road Critically Injures Motorcyclist

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash involving a motorcyclist and a Ford compaq SUV early Wednesday morning on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.

The accident took place when Tyler Castillo 19 from Sarasota was eastbound on Bee Ridge Road. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Castillo collided with a Ford Escape being driven by Jeff Etienne, 26 also from Sarasota.

The force of the collision threw Castillo from his Honda motorcycle into the westbound lanes of Bee Ridge Rd. Castillo was struck by a F-250 pick up truck and was critically injured. The motorcycle continued on into the median and came to a stop after striking a tree.

Castillo was taken by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Police cited Castillo for reckless driving and having an expired registration.

Car Accident On 40th Street In Tampa Killes One

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a car crash at 40th Street Sunday.

The crash took place shortly after 3 in the afternoon on the private property of Schwend, Inc. after a car apparently speeding down 40th Street crashed through a fence at the perimeter of the property and smashed into the back of a trailer.

The car was carrying three occupants including a 12-year old boy, an adult male and a woman. The female was killed by the force of the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, a middle aged man was taken to Tampa Memorial Hospital for treatment. The 12-year old was released after treatment of minor injures.

All occupant of the car were wearing seatbelts during the crash, however none of the occupants have been identified yet.

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Bicyclist On 15th Street East In Bradenton

A crash between a hit-and-run driver and a bicyclist in Bradenton resulted in the death of the bicyclist and police looking for the driver of the vehicle.

Forty five year old Anthony Galanopoulos was riding his bike southbound on the shoulder of 15th Street East in the early hours of Friday when a vehicle pulled off the road onto the shoulder behind him.

After  crashing into Galanopoulos on the shoulder, the driver fled the area. Galanopoulos was pronounced dead at the scene and authorities are looking for anyone with knowledge of the incident.

The vehicle was described as possibly a Ford F-150 pickup truck with damage to the right front headlight.

Anyone who knows of the crash should call Florida Highway Patrol at (239) 938-1800 to aid in the investigation.

Bicyclist Killed By Car Strike In North Port

North Port police is investigating an apparent car vs bicycle crash that took the life of a 20 year old male Monday.

The fatal crash took place at roughly 9p.m. when 20 year-old cyclist Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was attempting to cross Tamiami trail near South Biscayne Drive when he was hit by a car.

The driver, 30 year old Shane Michael Kennedy, was heading north in a Chevy Impala sedan when he encountered Cota-Alvarado. Kennedy did not see the Bicyclist untill it was too late to avoid a collision.

Alonzo Cota-Alvarado was struck at speed, mortally wounding him. Cota-Alvarado was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

North Port Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

Manatee County Hit And Run Leaves One Critically Injured

Florida Highway Patrol announced a woman was critically injured from a hot and run crash on State Rd 39 in Manatee County.

The incident happened when Kimara Shynett, a twenty one year old from Plant City was in the southbound lane of State Road 39 and had stopped at the intersection of SR 39 and State Road 62.

Shynett began a left turn and as she entered the intersection was struck by an F-150 Ford Pick Up truck heading east on State Road 62.

The pick up truck crashed into the left front of the Nissan Shynett was driving.

After coming to a halt the driver of the F-150 along with 3 passengers got out and fled the scene on foot. Police from the Manatee County Sheriff’s department were unable to find the driver and passenger of the truck after searching the area.

Shynett was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and listed as critical condition.