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.

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.