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.
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.
Florid 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.
The 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.
Florida 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.
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.
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.