Punta Gorda Car Crash Kills One

Florida Highway Patrol Reported an elderly woman died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash Wednesday morning.

The accident happened when 89-year old Lilian Stainaker was attempting to back out of the driveway of a home close to the intersection of Sugarwood Street and Pine Needle Dr. at roughly 5:15 in the afternoon.

Stainaker accidentally accelerated too hard and speed the 2008 Ford Fusion sedan across Sugarwood Street and crashed into a mobile home.

Stainaker was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where she died of her injuries. No charges were filed and FHP has not indicated whether Stainaker was wearing a sea belt.

Sarasota Motorcycle Crash Near Phillippi Leaves Rider In Critical

An accident between a motorcyclist and car on Tamiami Trail near Phillippi Street in Sarasota has left the rider in critical medical condition.

Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when 76-year old Florentino Mazzucco was driving his motorcycle north on Tamiami Trail after 9:30 a.m. closing on the intersection with Phillippi Street. Mazzucco abruptly attempted to change lanes but crashed into a car being driven by an 84 year old woman.

The force of the collision knocked the helmet-less Mazzucco over, sending him off of his motorcycle and onto the street.

FHP has charges Mazzucco with driving with  a suspended license and careless driving.

Authorities transported Mazzucco to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for emergency medical treatment.

The driver of the car was not harmed in the crash.

Manatee County Crash Kills One Leaves Another In Serious Condition

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash on a rural  road in east Manatee County Saturday Morning.

The deadly crash took place after seven in the morning on Saturday when Jose Herrera was driving an Audi A6 heading south on CR39.

Herrera came upon slower traffic and attempted to pass the vehicles. However an Ford Expedition  was in the northbound lanes heading north.

Herrera apparently  miss-judged the distances or did not see the approaching SUV and the two vehicles collided as the Audi nearly completed the pass.

The Expedition was driven by Darrel Catrett and 22 year old from Litthia Florida. Catrett suffered serious injuries resulting from the crash and was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment.

Herrera was killed by the head on collision though FHP has not stated whether he was wearing a seat belt at the time, given the size disparity and closing speed between the two vehicles it likely would not have helped.

Wrong Way Driver Crashes With Taxi In Downtown Sarasota

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.

Van Crashes Into Utility Pole In Osprey Killing Driver

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.

Polk County Motorcycle Crash Kills Woman From Bradenton

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.

Motorcycle Crash In North Port Seriously Injures Rider

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.

Skateboarder Killed By Car Strike In Bradenton

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