Interstate 75 Closed From Accident

A traffic accident with injuries near the Jacaranda Blvd exit Wednesday caused the temporary closure of the southbound lanes on I-75.

The accident occurred at roughly 6:00 in the evening close to mile marker 193. Further details are pending but witnesses stated a motorcyclist was seriously injured and had to be flown away from the crash site on I-75 by helicopter.

By 700 pm the Florida Highway Patrol had the lanes clear and the southbound lanes were once again opened for traffic.


Motorcycle VS Hummer Collision Seriously Injures North Port Biker

south biscayne drive and us 41A motorcyclist crashed into a Humvee Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened when the driver of the Hummer, Holly Haynes, a 44 year old from Placida, was driving south on Tamiami Trail towards Biscayne Drive when she abruptly slowed to turn into the Shell Gas Station.

The motorcyclist, Michael Lee Murphy a 61 year old from North Port was following Haynes when she abruptly slowed to turn into the gas station. Murphy braked hard to avoid crashing into the SUV but skidded more than 50 feet before slamming into the back of the Hummer.

After impacting with the Hummer, Murphy was thrown onto the roadway where he slid on the asphalt before coming to a stop.

Offices stated that Murphy was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and suffered serious head injuries from the crash.

Interstate 75 Crash Leaves Bradenton Woman Serious Condition

A single car traffic accident at an I-75 on ramp at Fruitville road in Sarasota has seriously injured the driver.

The driver of the Nissan, Angela Patterson, a 44 year old from Bradenton for reasons not yet determined swerved of the on-ramp of I-75 at Fruitville at speed. The Nissan Murano

After driving off the roadway the crossover crossed the grassy shoulder and careened from tree to tree before crashing into a concrete podium and running through a fence where the SUV finally came to a stop.

Patterson was taken by paramedics to Blake Medical Center in serious condition. Troopers form the Florida Highway Patrol, stated that the accident is under investigation and that charges may be pending.

Motorcycle Accident On S.R. 64 Serious Injures Myakka Ciy Man

Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcycle vs car accident on SR 64 Sunday.

The accident happened when Stephen W. Buron a 45 year old form Myakka City was riding eastbound on his 1999 Harley Davidson at 3:30 in the afternoon. A Lexus sedan stopped in the roadway and slowly turned into a driveway.

Buron failed to stop in time and collided with the lexus. Buron suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

Man Hit By Car On U.S. 301 In Sarasota

A traffic accident involving a man hit by a car on U.S. 301 was being investigated by Sarasota Police.

Full details are pending however police reported the accident happened at 8:30 in the evening on Saturday when the pedestrian attempted to cross 301 close to 30th Street.

The motorist who struck the driver attempted to avoid hitting him by swerving and braking hard but was unable to avoid striking the man.

The injured pedestrian was taken by first responders to Sarasota Memorial for emergency medical treatment.

U.S. 301 was shutdown in two lanes for several hours to allow the Sarasota Police department to fully investigate the accident.

Tanker Truck Crash Kills One On I-75 In Sarasota

Florida Highway Patrol reported that an accident in Sarasota near Bee Ridge road involving a heavy tanker truck has killed the driver.

The accident occurred on interstate 75 near Bee Ridge Road at 9:40am. FHP stated the driver of the tanker truck, Patrick Harrel, a 42 year old from Sarasota was driving south on I-75 in the slow lane and unexpectedly swerved into the center lane in front of an oncoming pick up truck. The driver of the pick up truck, Robert Richterkessing a 24 year-old from Kissimmee Florida attempted to avoid the tanker truck by turning to the left and braking hard however there was not enough time and the pick up truck collided with the left rear of the tanker truck at speed.

The force of the collision cause both vehicles to spin out of control and rollover into the median crashing through the guard wire. The heavy tanker truck gouged deep tracks into the grassy median as it crashed.

After the accident it took firefighters some time to extract Harrel’s body which had been pinned under the tanker truck. A passenger also in the tanker truck suffered only minor injuries.

Robert Richterkessing, the driver of the pickup truck was unharmed in the crash.

Troopers are investigating what caused the truck to swerve so suddenly, and apparently it was possibly due to weather. Police were also running a toxicology report on the driver of the tanker truck to determine if alcohol was a factor.

I-275 Traffic Accident Kills Sarasota Man

Early morning shortly before 4:00 a.m. a man driving a 2001 Pontiac crashed into a guardrail while driving down an exit ramp from interstate 275.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the driver of the car, Adam Shaw a 22 year old from Sarasota was attempting to exit I-275 at the 31st Street South exit and smashed into the guardrail. The collision with the guard rail threw Shaw from the car and onto the roadway.

Troopers indicated from the apparent position of the car that Shaw must have been going too fast for the ramp, and the excessive speed was a contributing factor of the crash.

First responders pronounced Shaw dead at the scene.


Car vs Bicycle Accident In Sarasota on Bee Ridge Fatal For Bicyclist

FHP reported that a bicyclist on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota was killed late Monday from being struck by a vehicle.

Troopers stated that the victim, Walter Campbell,  a 44 year old from Sarasota, died at the scene.

Police disclosed the following details of the accident; at around 9:30 at night, a driver heading down the eastbound lane of Bee Ridge east of the highway did not see Campbell lying in the road and ran him over, fatally injuring him.

For reasons unknown Campbell was apparently lying in the roadway close to his bicycle in the dark.

Sarasota School Bus Crashes Into Garbage Truck With 26 Students

A crash between a garbage truck and a school bus from Sarasota county schools carrying 26 kids caused minor injuries.

Officers from the Sarasota County Fire Department reported that of the 26 students on the school bus at the time of the accident, 9 had to be treated for minor injuries which included bruises and cuts.

The driver of the garbage truck was also injured in the crash, and taken to the hospital but the driver’s status is not known.

Sarasota police reported that the accident occurred at the intersection of Tuttle and Ringling when the driver of the school bus who was apparently using a mobile phone at the time of the collision, failed to stop in time to avoid hitting the garbage truck. The school bus smashed into the rear of the Garbage truck after a traffic signal change.

After the collision the hurt students were grouped together by police and first responders including the Sarasota County fire department checked each student’s injuries. The students parents where contacted and came to the scene of the accident to pick up their children.

 The uninjured children where put back onto the school bus an continued to their original destination of the Boys and Girls Club.

Before departing the school bus was looked over by  a qualified mechanic. Apparently the bus only sustained minor damage to the radiator.