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.
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.
Sarasota Police reported the reason for a large traffic blockage in downtown Sarasota Thursday morning was a car crashed into a palm tree at the start of rush hour near U.S. 41 by the Ritz.
Mysterious circumstances remain however eye witnesses stated that three people got out of the vehicle and fled the scene and reports of a reckless driver at the same time and nearby locations were also noted.
The car crashed into the tree with enough force to partially wrap around the trunk and all airbags were triggered.
The owner of the vehicle was not involved but police stated the car was not listed as stolen and further investigation is pending.
Florida Highway Patrol have reported an accident on Cortez Road has resulted in a man from Palmetto being critically injured and taken to Blake medical center for treatment.
The accident happened when Aaron Hill a 23-year old was riding a scooter down Cortez Road heading west when he crashed into a car.
A 23-year-old Palmetto man suffered critical injuries late Wednesday when the scooter he was riding collided with a car on Cortez Road in Manatee County, authorities said.
The Car, a 2008 Nissan Versa was from the east bound lanes and waiting in the turn lane when Hill also entered the turn lane and collided with the Nissan.
The accident took place at the intersection of Cortez road and 37th Street West a few minutes after 9:30 p.m. The driver of the car, Jason Anziano, a 29 year old from Bradenton, was not injured ion the crash.
Aaron R. Hill was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment following the crash, which occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Highway Patrol reported Motorcycle accident on Bee Ridge Road kills Sarasota Man.
FHP gave the following details of the accident, at around 3:15 p.m. a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle ridden by 26 year old Michael Hicks was traveling north on Swift road and according to witness statements, ran a red light at Bee Ridge Road.
A Dodge Dakota SUV was heading into the same intersection and crashed into Hicks.
James McFarland, a 33 year old from Sarasota, was OK but his passenger was taken to Sarasota Memorial for treatment of minor injuries.
Apparently Hicks was not wearing a helmet during the accident and later died from his injuries at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Lanes at the intersection of Tuttle/Swift and Bee ridge were closed until 5p.m. while the crash was investigated.
Police reported fatal motorcycle accident at Fruitville Road and U.S. 301 has blocked northbound traffic on 301.
The victim had been life-flighted to Blake Medical Center for emergency treatment. Police has as of yet not released further details of the motorcyclist’s injuries.
According to Sarasota Police the accident happened at 7:15 when John Hart, a 57 year-old from Sarasota was heading north on U.S. 301 when a gold colored sedan from the south bound lanes attempted to turn into a parking lot, but failed to see Hart on his motorcycle.
The sedan drove directly into the path of Hart causing him to crash into the passenger side of the car.
John Hart, 57, of Sarasota suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to Blake Medical Center for treatment, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
The blockage on U.S.301 is not expected to be cleared until sometime after 8:15