Three Die From Tire Blowout In Southwest Florida

In southwest Florida a church van experienced a tire-blowout that caused the van to overturn on I-75. The van was carrying a group from the Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Mission Group.

The accident injured 13 people and has claimed three lives including, Gertha Frere, a 62 year old and  Ose Elian a 22-year-old.

The violent tire blowout caused the driver of the van to lose control and the van overturned onto the roadway.

Highway Accident At Nokomis Casues Lane Closures

Florida Highway Patrol reported that an accident on I-75 Tuesday afternoon involving an overturned vehicle resulted in closing of the northbound lanes.

The accident was described as a single-vehicle rollover crash in Nokomis at mile marker 197. The vehicle came to rest blocking the right and center lanes of I-75.

Further FHP stated a passenger or driver of the vehicle was injured and a report of an individual being thrown from the vehicle as well.

The crash forced the closure of I-75 northbound lanes from just before 4:00 to reopening just after 5:30.

No further details have been released.

Pedestrian Walks In Front Of Motorcyclist Seriously Injured

A pedestrian vs motorcycle accident occurred in Nokomis Tuesday night when Paul Grudzina a 61 year old man from Nokomis attempted to cross U.S. 41.

FHP reported that the accident took place just before nine in the evening when Grudzina  attempted to get to the west side of the southbound lanes by walking across Tamiami Trail near the intersection of Avenida de la Isla. Grudzina, failed to see the oncoming Harley Davidson being ridden by a man from Sarasota also in his sixties.

The motorcyclist attempted to avoid crashing into the pedestrian by veering to the side. Grudzina  was struck by the side of the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries.

First responders took Grudzina  to Venice Regional Medical Center for treatment and the motorcyclist was not injured in the collision.

FHP also said no charges have been filed.

Motorcycle Accident In Bradenton Critically Injures Man

9th St E and 33 Ave E CrashFlorid Highway Patrol reported a three-vehicle crash Sunday in Bradenton at 9th ST East  and 33rd Ave E.

The accident occurred when a motorcyclist, Dustin Krum of Bradenton and a motorist, Ethel Rearn a 76-year-old from Sarasota, were stopped at the intersection, when a Lincoln Navigator approaching the intersection failed to stop and crashed into Krum’s 2006 Honda Italia CB600F motorcycle. The force of the impact shoved the motorcycle into the back of Rearn’s Kia Sedona.

Honda cbf italia motorcycleThe driver of the Lincoln Navigator,  Brandy Fransworth 34 of Bradenton, claimed a drink bottle fell onto the floor and rolled under the beak pedal preventing the pedal from being fully depressed.

Motorcyclist Dustin Krum was taken by paramedics to Blake Medical Center in critical condition, neither Fransworth or Rearn were harmed in the collision.


Port Charlotte Hit and Run Leaves Bicyclist In Critical Condition

Gibralter Drive port charlotte bicycle hit and runFlorida Highway Patrol  reported a man from Fort Myers was struck by  a car while riding a bicycle.

The accident happened at 12:50 a.m. when a car traveling westbound on  Gibralter Drive near Hernando Ave hit a man riding a bicycle from behind.

The bicyclist, David Beck, a 45 year old from Fort Myers was throttled into the road. The driver of the car veered away to avoid running Beck over but continued on without stopping.

Beck was critically injured in the crash had to be flown to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Later police announced they may have identified a suspect. FHP stated that Jessica Sawyer, a 25 year old from Port Charlotte was possibly driving the 2005 Chrysler that struck Beck.

However the investigation is ongoing and Trooper Jeffery Hause has asked anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact him at 239-344-1730, Ext. 1156.

Mini-Van vs SUV Accident On I-75 Kills Woman From Port Charlotte

An accident between a Honda Odyssey and a Ford Explorer on I-75 killed a woman from Port Charlotte and blocked traffic for hours.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident took place near the River Road exit when Sally Brock, a 56 year old from Port Charlotte was heading north on I-75 in her 2000 Ford Explorer when as the SUV was struck by a Honda Odyssey. Elani Caglioti, a 47 year old from Fort Myers was changing lanes but failed to see the Explorer in the right lane. The resulting collision at speed caused the SUV overturn violently until coming to rest on the right side of the roadway.

Despite both drivers wearing seat belts Brock was killed by injuries sustained in the crash. Caglioti managed to stop safely in the right lane and was unharmed. The crash caused the northbound lanes of I-75 to be blocked for hours while first responders investigated the crash and crews cleared the wreckage.

Venice Boat Crash Fatal For Woman From Sarasota

venice boat accidentFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported A boating accident on the intracoastal waterway in Venice resulted in the death of a 41 year-old woman.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are still investigating the accident but have released the following details. At 7p.m. police officers from the Venice marine patrol found Alicia Starkweather in the water unconsious and being held afloat by John Antolak. Antolak stated the 17-foot bow-rider they were riding in struck a manatee and he lost control of the boat causing him to crash into the rocks lining the waterway across from Venice High School.

Alicia Starkweather was flown to Blake Trauma Center in Bradenton were she died not long after arrival.

Antolak was reported to have taken a blood-alcohol test at the scene and officers have yet to release the results of that test.

Antolak has not been charged yet however the accident remains under investigation by both The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Venice Police Department.

Man In Critical Condition After Crash In Charlotte County

Florida Highway Patrol reported an accident with injuries in Port Charlotte. A man from south Florida was critically injured after he drove into a stopped truck Friday evening.

The accident happened when Woodrow Hough was driving east on county road 74 towards the intersection with Bronco Road and rapidly approached a truck  that was stopped at the intersection.

Hough apparently did not see the stopped truck in time and was unable to avoid crashing into the rear of the truck. The resulting collision seriously injured Hough and he was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the stopped truck, Daryl Scott was waiting for for traffic to pass when the 2007 International was struck from behind by the Ford F-150 driven by Hough. Scott was unharmed in the crash and FHP stated as of yet no charges have been filed however the crash is still under investigation.

Punta Gorda Motorcycle Accident Seriously Hurts Port Charlotte Man

A motorcycle vs. Jeep accident in Punta Gorda leaves Port Charlotte man seriously hurt.

Florida Highway Patrol reported Thursday that at 12:30 JImmy Josyln a seventy one year old from Port Charlotte was riding his Harley-Davidson aproaching the intersection of Shreve Street and Olympia Avenue when he collided with a Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep was driven by Nanette Leonard a sixty three year old from Punta Gorda. The collision seriously injured Josyln and he was flown to Tampa General for treatment. Leonard was uninjured in the crash, however police are currently investigating the reason for the crash.

Passengers Miraculously Uninjured After I-75 Roll Over

ford focus rollover I-75Florida Highway Patrol reported a group of five from Piqua, Ohio was traveling on I-75 in North Port when their car swerved off the road and rolled over multiple times Sunday night.

FHP stated the crash occurred at Sunday when the five were traveling east on I-75.  The driver of the car, Justin Ramon 17 year old, began to change lanes from the right lane to the left to avoid  slower traffic.  While Ramon attempted to change lanes he nearly drove into a car coming up the middle lane in the blind spot and swerved sharply back to the right to avoid a collision. Ramon over compensated causing the Ford Focus to overturn and rollover multiple times, crash through a fence and land in a canal.

Ramon who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries with three others, Katlyn Garland 17, George Ramon 19, Mary Stamps 28. Another passenger had been taken to Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte also with only minor injuries.

Amazingly eveb the driver of the car who was not wearing his seat belt escaped the dramatic crash with only minor injuries – though he will not escape being sited by the Florida Highway Patrol for careless driving.