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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash that has likely killed at least one.
Full details are not yet available however FHP has stated that the accident occurred at roughly 7a.m. at the intersection of 57th Avenue East and 15th Street East in Bradenton.
The crash has resulted in one likely death and road blockage.
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
A crash sometime after one in the morning has taken the life of at least one person.
Florida Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred near the Jacaranda exit in the northbound lanes.
Troopers have not yet released names of further details of the crash.