Hit-and-Run Ford SUV Driver Sought By FHP

hit and run at 26th ave east 9th st-eastThe driver of an SUV who fled the scene of an early morning accident is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The report stated that at 6:25 a.m. a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling north on 9th Street East  when at the 26th Avenue East intersection a Ford Explorer turned directly into the path of the Nissan. The driver of the Pathfinder swerved to avoid colliding with the Ford, but was stuck in the left side but the Explorer causing it to crash into a utility pole.

Witnesses stated that the Ford failed to yield the right of way , and described the Explorer as being a dark color.

Daryl Dafonia Harvey, a 28 year old and Marianne Harvey a 25 year old both from Bradenton were wearing safety belts and not harmed in the crash.

Troopers have asked anyone with knowledge of the accident contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800.

A Woman From Bradenton Hurt In Single Car Crash

Florida Highway Patrol reported a woman was seriously injured after falling asleep at the wheel causing a car crash early Saturday morning.

The accident occurred when the driver of a Honda Civic heading west on state road 70 feel asleep just before 5a.m. After the driver, Ashly Stuart a 22 year old from Bradenton was unconscious the car drifted into the eastbound lanes and hit a curb, struck a mailbox drove onto the sidewalk and finally was stopped after crashing into a utility pole and spinning to block the eastbound lanes.

Authorities took Stuart to Blake Medical Center for treatment and reported that she was not wearing her seat belt.

Monday Morning Crash On Fruitville Rd Cleared

An early morning car accident on Fruitville at I-75 blocked traffic in the westbound lanes.

Florida Highway Patrol reported the crash took place at 7 Monday morning and that one person was injured in the accident.

FHP has yet to release full details of the accident including the number of injured and names of those involved.

Venice multi-car crash sends 3 to hospital

A multicar accident in Venice resulted in three people being taken to area hospitals with injuries.

According to authorities, the accident happened about 2p.m. Friday afternoon on Tamiami Trail and Englewood Road.

Sarasota County Fire Department stated that at least on person had to be extracted from a damaged vehicle. The accident apparently blocked all three northbound lanes as well as part of the median.

Full details have not yet been released, including the cause of the crash and the names of those involved.

Venice Cyclist Crashes Into Trailer – Flown To Blake

glen oak and shade venice flA woman riding a bicycle in Venice Oak Road collided with a towed 20-foot metal trailer at East Shade Avenue.

The accident happened shortly after 1:00 in the afternoon, when both the bicyclist and the driver of the vehicle pulling the trailer where heading east on Glen Oak. The force of the impact through the woman head first into the asphalt causing serious injuries.

The unconscious woman was taken by helicopter to Blake Medical Center for emergency treatment. Witnesses described the trailer as a 20-foot “caged brush” trailer.

Authorities were seen taking blood samples to test for intoxication, but police have not released the identity of the woman.


Palmetto Senior Killed In Scooter Crash

Florida Highway Patrol Announced that Sally Dudley, a 74-year old from Palmetto woman was killed in a traffic accident.

The fatal crash took place when the 74 year old was attempting to cross U.S. 41 at 23rd Street East on her motorized scooter. While in the intersection Dudley was struck by a Mercury Marquis.

Apparently the driver of the car, Tammie McCullogh a 50 year old from Palmetto was also trying to cross the U.S. 41 from 23rd Street East but reported to Police that she did not see Dudley on her scooter and struck the scooter with the front of here car.

Police charged McCullogh with failing due car around a pedestrian.

Motorcycle – Pickup Accident Leaves Two Injured In Manatee County

Florida Highway Patrol reported two motorcyclists were injured attempting to avoid a collision with a pickup truck in Manatee County.

motorcycle crashThe accident happened when the motorcyclists, Eddie Cruz a seventeen year old from Parrish and Wilfredo Feliciano a thirty three year old also from Parrish  were riding a Honda motorcycle heading east on 301,near Old Tampa Road when a silver pickup truck attempting to make a U-turn drove directly in front of the oncoming motorcyclists.

The Feliciano laid the bike down to avoid colliding with the truck and the motorcycle overturned. The pickup truck sped off fleeing the scene of the accident.

First responders transported both Cruz and Feliciano to Manatee Memorial Hospital for medical treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was a white male and witness reports indicate the make of the truck most likely a Toyota.

FHP troopers have asked anyone with knowledge of the hit and run vehicle or driver contact them at 239-938-1800.


Car Vs. Semi Crash Kills Woman From Arcaidia

Florida Highway Patrol reported a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of a woman from Arcadia.

The accident happened when the a 2001 Lincoln Town Car traveling on the northbound lanes for reasons unknown swirved into the southbound side directly into  the path of the commercial truck and crashed just north of Glendine Avenue.

 While the driver of the truck, Christopher Perina from North Port was wearing a seat belt and unharmed, however, Kaia Cross, the driver of the Town Car, was not wearing her seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

First responders took more than three hours to remove Cross from the wreckage and clear the roadway.

Two Killed and Six Injured When Van Overturns On I-75

An apparent blowout was responsible for a accident on I-75 that resulted in the deaths of two and six with serious injures.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. when a 1994 Dodge RAM van,owned and operated by LARC, an organization that provides support for the developmentally disabled was traveling north on interstate 75, taking a group to summer camp at Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, when the left front tire of the van exploded.

The sudden tire blowout caused the driver, Johniece F. Diaz a 28 year old from Cape Coral to lose control of the vehicle. The van crossed two lanes of traffic on the north bound side and overturned coming to rest on the east side of the highway.

FHP has yet to release complete details but reported that two passengers from North Fort Myers were killed during the crash and six others including the driver were wounded.

Troopers stated those killed in the accident had been wearing their seat belts though the driver of the van was not.

Diaz the driver of the van was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center for treatment, and police reported that another passenger, Jami Curran a 31 year old from Cape Coral was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center.

Full details including the names of the deceased have not yet been disclosed by the FHP.

A second van was also en route to the summer camp but the occupants were unaware of the fate of the other party.

Motorcycle Crash In Manatee County On U.S. 41 Seriously Injures Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcyclist was seriously injured during an accident on U.S. 41 Friday afternoon.

In a common occurrence  for motorcycle accidents, the crash happened when the driver of another vehicle attempted to turn left across traffic but failed to see or yield to the oncoming motorcyclist. The other vehicle a 2010 Ford van was being driven by Everett Gresiak a 48-year old from Bradenton attempted toturn left from a driveway at the 6900 block and crossed the path of the 2003 Suzuki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, Austin Jackson, an 18 year old from Bradenton tried to avoid the crash but collided with the van and was through violently from his bike. The motorcycle carried by momentum from the crash continued to slide up the road way and crashed into a third vehicle , a Dodge pick up truck.

The motorcyclist was taken by paramedics to Blake Medical Center in serious condition.

Troopers reported that Jackson  was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. And the driver of the van has been charged with violation of right of way.