Wrong Way Driver Crashes With Taxi In Downtown Sarasota

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.

Van Crashes Into Utility Pole In Osprey Killing Driver

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.

Polk County Motorcycle Crash Kills Woman From Bradenton

A motorcycle accident in Haines City Florida was fatal for a Bradenton motorcdyclist.

Polk County Sheriffs Offfice reported a motorcycle accident at the exit ramp of U.S. 27 onto U.S. 192 in Haines City FL Saturaday.

Bradenton woman Georgene Rabren a 52 year-old was attempting to exit U.S. 27 from the southbounb lanes when she lost control of her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and went off the road. Rabren attempted to correct and steer back onto the road but was thrown from the bike. Her motorcycle continued on and came down onto Rabren.

Rabren had been riding with other motorcyclists at the time of the crash and they stopped to assist her. Rbren was taken to Heart of Florida Hospital where she died in treatment.

Sherrifs stated Rabren had been wearing a helmet during the accident.

Motorcycle Crash In North Port Seriously Injures Rider

North Port Police Reported a motorcycle accident in North Port that resulted in the rider being air lifted for emergency medical treatment.

The crash happened at the intersection of Sumter Crossing Drive and Tamiami Trail in North Port just prior to 10 a.m.

Motorcyclist Ronald Applegarth a 52-year old was attempting to change lanes when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle went down and continued to skid on it’s side for more than 300 feet on the roadway.

Applegarth sustained serious injuries and was flown to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of his injuries. North Port Police are still investigating the crash.

Skateboarder Killed By Car Strike In Bradenton

A boy has died of injuries he received after being hit by a car while skateboarding in Bradenton. The accident happened Sunday night just after 9:30 p.m.

Apparently the boy was skateboarding near the intersection of Palma Sola Blvd and Manatee Ave. West and was attempting to cross Manatee Avenue when he was hit.

A car driving east on Manatee Avenue hit the skateboarder. The driver stated that they did not see the boy in time to avoid hitting him.

The boy was taken to Blake Medical Center for emergency treatment. At 2:32 p.m. the following day he died of his injuries.

The Bradenton Police Department is investigating the accident and asks anyone with knowledge of the crash contact David Sullivan at 932-9318

Truck Crashes Into Bradenton Home Injuring Two

Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident with injures Monday evening when a Dodge Ram crashed into the kitchen of a home in Bradenton injuring two people.

The crash happened just prior to 5p.m. on Fifth Street when the driver of the pick-up was attempting to back into a driveway but instead drove forward crashing into the home and entering the kitchen.

46 year old Tracy Conner was struck and critically injured in the accident and another occupant, 46 year old Regina Pitts sustained minor injuries.

Conner was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment where she remains in stable condition.

The driver of the pick up, Latonya Williams was unharmed in the crash but has been charged by authorities with careless driving.

14-year Old Driver Falls Asleep At The Wheel – Causes Manatee County Crash Injuring Six

Florida Highway patrol reported a two-vehicle crash Sunday night that occurred because an under-age driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The crash happened shortly after six Sunday evening when 14-year old Armando Acevedo from Palmetto was heading west in a Ford F-150 on CR 675 (Rutland Road) and east of 136th near where the road curves away from Parrish.

Also in the pickup truck was a thirty eight year old and a nine-year old.

At roughly fifteen minutes after six, the pickup truck approached the sweeping curve and Acevedo fell asleep while driving.

After the young driver fell asleep the F-150 drifted off the road to the north swerving across both traffic lanes then drifted back across the road to south where the pickup crashed into a Nissan sedan driven by sixteen-year old Bevyn Ward also from Parrish. The Nissan sedan – an Altima was also carrying a four year old and another passenger.

Ward suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Blake Medical Center for Treatment. Five others were also injured in the crash and received minor injuries including the 4-year old.

FHP has issued several charges including driving with out a license, careless driving and the adult also riding in the F-150 was charged with allowing a minor to drive.

North Port I-75 Crash Injures Motorcyclist From Naples

Motorcyclist Frank Trulson a 66 year-old from Naples was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton after crashing into a U-Haul trailer being towed by a pick-up truck on I-75 at North Port.

FHP stated Trulson was heading east on 75 near the Sumter Boulevard exit when he approached a pickup truck towing a U-Haul trailer. Apparently the pick-up truck slowed down and the Trulson did not notice the difference in speed in time to avoid  a crash.

Trulson braked hard to stop the collision but lost control of the Harley-Davidson. The bike overturned at speed and slid into the trailer. The force of the impact threw Trulson from the motorcycle and he struck his head on the pavement.

Trulson will be cited for careless driving and not carrying proof of insurance.