Sugar Creek Country Club Parking Lot Crash Kills Three

sugar creek country club accidentThree people were killed, and five people injured Sunday from an accident at the Sugar Creek Country Club in east Bradenton.

The accident occurred at 11a.m. February 2nd in the parking lot of the Sugar Creek Country Club, an over 55 residential community.

Residents of Sugar Creek use the clubhouse as a church Sundays, and had begun to gather and socialize in the parking lot outside after services had concluded. Shortly after 11a.m. the driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV attempting to back out of a parking space in front of the clubhouse apparently lost control of the vehicle and accelerated sharply in reverse across the parking lot.

As the SUV speed in reverse across the lot it slammed into the crowd of churchgoers running over several people before crashing through shrubs and trees and plunging into a lake. The SUV finally stopped after being in several feet of water on the embankment.

Three people were killed and four others suffered serious injures from the impact.

The pedestrians killed in the accident were 72 year old Margaret Vanderlaan from Bradenton, 80 year old Johanna Dijkhoff from Bradnton and  70 year old Wilhemina Paul, also from Bradenton.

Nellie Vlasma and Nelly Deporter were taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment and Michael Claus and Fred Eringa were brought to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Jeep Rear Ends Manatee County School Bus

Florida Highway patrol reported a crash between a 1997 Jeep and a Manatee County School bus  Thursday Morning.

The accident occurred after seven O’ clock on the 30th as the school bus which was stopped in traffic near the intersection of Natalie Way and SR 70 was rear-ended by the Jeep.

Apparently though the eighteen-year old driver of the jeep did apply the breaks to stop the  SUV, the brakes failed to stop the Jeep before slamming into the school bus.

The bus was not filled with children and had just five passengers one of which was a minor.

No one was injured and no charges have been filed in the accident.

Husband Run Over and Killed By Wife In Venice Driveway

Pelican pointe run overFew details have been released but what is known is 69 year old Gary Lamson was standing in his driveway in Pelican Point a gated community in Venice when he was run over by his wife and killed.

Police said the incident occurred just after 10:00 a.m. after 71 year old Joan Lamson, Gary Lamson’s wife got into the family car, a Lexus LS460 and pulled forward. Gary Lamson attempted to stop her but was struck by the car and run over.

Gary Lamson was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An ongoing investigation into the incident is underway and further no details about why this happened and if charges have been filed have been released.


Car VS Truck Crash Kills Woman From Punta Gorda

Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident in central Florida between a car and a tractor-trailer ended the life of a woman from Punta Gorda Thursday night.

The accident occured Thursday night when the woman, 28 year old Carol Maherg of Punta Gorda was driving a late model Chevy two-door south on U.S. 17.

As Maherg approached the halfway point between Zolfo Springs and Arcadia, Maherg swerved out of her lane and directly into the path on an oncoming semi.

The small two-door slammed into the rear axles of the semi-trailer, apparently smashing them off from the truck and continued until coming to rest in the southbound lanes.

Maherg was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities and the driver of the semi was uninjured in the crash.

Ellenton Hit and Run Kills Bicyclist

A late night hit and run collision between a bicyclist and a unidentified vehicle resulted in the death of the bicyclist.

Florida Highway Patrol reported the incident occurred on the shoulder of U.S. 301 approaching the intersection with 19th Ave East. at 12:30a.m. in Ellenton.

A silver vehicle with damage from the collision sped away from the scene after the accident.

The bicyclist identified as Daniel Mimbs a 26 year old from Bradenton was crashed into from behind on the shoulder of 301.

The vehicle in question left a headlamp behind after the crash and was identified as possibly being a Ford.

Mimbs was pronounced dead at Blake Medical Center and Florida Highway patrol offices have asked anyone with knowledge of the crash or seen the vehicle call them at 751-8350.



Motorcycle Accident In Port Charlotte Kills Man And Injures Two

Florida Highway Patrol announced a death and multiple injured people resulting from a rare collision between two motorcycles.

The motorcycle crash took place just before 1:20 when the rider of a 2001 Harley, Timothy  Dudley swirved in front of another rider on County Road 769 in Desoto County. The other rider was Port Charlotte man Timothy Schneider also riding a Harley Davidson.

Dudley miss-judged and the two motorcycles collided near by SW Peace River Street.

Schneider was taken to an area hospital reportedly with serious injures, Dudley and his passenger were flown to Lee Memorial for treatment where Dudley died from trauma sustained in the accident. Dudley’s passenger Rosemary Aresta a 49 year old from Punta Gorda was listed in serious condition also at Lee Memorial.

Troopers said that both Dudley and Aresta were not wearing helmets during the crash.

Woman in Wheelchair In Critical After Being Struck by A Car

Florida Highway Patrol reported a car struck a roadside gate injuring a woman in a wheelchair in Bradenton.

The accident happened when Linda Burns a 63 year-old diabetic lost consciousness while driving a Chevy Impala east on 57th Ave. East.

Apparently she passed out suffering from diabetes and drifted off the road.

The sedan crashed into a gate flinging the gate open causing the gate to smash into Denese Perry, a fifty one year old from Bradenton, sitting in her wheel chair near by the gate. The car also collided with Perry as momentum carried it further down the side of the road.

Perry was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center and police stated that no charges have been filed against the driver of the car.

Motorcyclist Killed In Bradenton Crash

According to Bradenton Police, a car vs. motorcycle accident ended with the death of a sixty-two year old man Sunday morning in Bradenton.

Police reported that Lois Grossi was riding his Harley Davidson Electra-Glide  heading east on 30th Ave East closing on the intersection with 4th Street East just after 5:30 in the morning when the driver of a Honda SUV attempted to turn left, placing the SUV directly in front of Grossi’s path.

Grossi, and experienced motorcyclist turned sharply to avoid the collision but the SUV was simply too close. The Harley slid out from under Grossi and collided with the SUV at speed.

The force of the collision was enough to fatally wound Grossi, and inflict minor injuries in the driver of the SUV, Anna Woodard a fifty-year-old from Sarasota as well as her passenger.

Woodward will be charged with failure to yield right of way.

Hit-and-Run In Sarasota Injures Pedestrian

An unidentified vehicle struck and injured a pedestrian Saturday then fled the accident scene.

FHP reported that the vehicle struck and seriously injured David Cornell a twenty year old from Sarasota who was on the sidewalk on Bee Ridge road near Center Gate blvd. The vehicle which remains unidentified drove up onto the sidewalk and smashed into Cornell severely  injuring him, and throwing him to the ground at roughly five in the morning.

After striking Cornell, the vehicle sped off  to the east away from the injured pedestrian.

First responders rushed Cornell to Sarasota Memorial for treatment of serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Hupchick has asked anyone who knows of the incident to call him at (239) 938-1800.

School Buses Crash Injuring Students

Florida Highway patrol reported a crash involving two Manatee County school buses resulting in students being injured.

The accident happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of 40th St W. and Cortez Road at approximately 3:45.

Officials from Manatee County Schools stated that 9 Moody Elementary School students suffered minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment following the crash.