Three people were killed, and five people injured Sunday from an accident at the Sugar Creek Country Club in east Bradenton.
The accident occurred at 11a.m. February 2nd in the parking lot of the Sugar Creek Country Club, an over 55 residential community.
Residents of Sugar Creek use the clubhouse as a church Sundays, and had begun to gather and socialize in the parking lot outside after services had concluded. Shortly after 11a.m. the driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV attempting to back out of a parking space in front of the clubhouse apparently lost control of the vehicle and accelerated sharply in reverse across the parking lot.
As the SUV speed in reverse across the lot it slammed into the crowd of churchgoers running over several people before crashing through shrubs and trees and plunging into a lake. The SUV finally stopped after being in several feet of water on the embankment.
Three people were killed and four others suffered serious injures from the impact.
The pedestrians killed in the accident were 72 year old Margaret Vanderlaan from Bradenton, 80 year old Johanna Dijkhoff from Bradnton and 70 year old Wilhemina Paul, also from Bradenton.
Nellie Vlasma and Nelly Deporter were taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment and Michael Claus and Fred Eringa were brought to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a car struck a roadside gate injuring a woman in a wheelchair in Bradenton.
The accident happened when Linda Burns a 63 year-old diabetic lost consciousness while driving a Chevy Impala east on 57th Ave. East.
Apparently she passed out suffering from diabetes and drifted off the road.
The sedan crashed into a gate flinging the gate open causing the gate to smash into Denese Perry, a fifty one year old from Bradenton, sitting in her wheel chair near by the gate. The car also collided with Perry as momentum carried it further down the side of the road.
Perry was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center and police stated that no charges have been filed against the driver of the car.
According to Bradenton Police, a car vs. motorcycle accident ended with the death of a sixty-two year old man Sunday morning in Bradenton.
Police reported that Lois Grossi was riding his Harley Davidson Electra-Glide heading east on 30th Ave East closing on the intersection with 4th Street East just after 5:30 in the morning when the driver of a Honda SUV attempted to turn left, placing the SUV directly in front of Grossi’s path.
Grossi, and experienced motorcyclist turned sharply to avoid the collision but the SUV was simply too close. The Harley slid out from under Grossi and collided with the SUV at speed.
The force of the collision was enough to fatally wound Grossi, and inflict minor injuries in the driver of the SUV, Anna Woodard a fifty-year-old from Sarasota as well as her passenger.
Woodward will be charged with failure to yield right of way.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that there was a fatal motorcycle accident on Manatee avenue early Friday.
The accident occurred when 89 year old Ernest Taffin from Bradenton made a left turn from Palma Sola Blvd onto Manatee Avenue directly into the path of motorcyclist Jonathan Frye, a 21 year old from Bradenton. Frye who was heading west in the left hand lanes of SR 64 did not have time to avoid the crash. Frye was wearing a helmet while riding his 2007 Aprilla motorcycle when he crashed into the right side of Taffin’s Mercedes.
Despite the helmet Frye was killed from the impact of the crash.
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 Highway Patrol Reported a fatal accident involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle Friday afternoon.
The accident occurred when Travis Podgis a 28 year old from Warner, N.H., was riding east on 53rd Ave West on a 2000 Harley-Davidson XL 883 approaching US 41 when a 2005 GMC 1500 pickup truck heading north, turned left from 41 directly into his path. Podgis attempted to avoid the collision by laying the motorcycle down but crashed into the pickup truck.
Podgis – not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident was taken to Blake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the truck, Andrew Crone, a 26 year old from Bradenton turned left through a yellow light onto 53rd Ave. West and directly into the path of the motorcyclist.
Florida Highway Patrol stated that charges were pending for Crone.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that a man from Bradenton was struck by a car Wednesday morning landing him in critical medical condition.
The Bicyclist, Mark Saba a 44 year old from Bradenton was rushed to Blake Medical Center in critical medical condition.
FHP stated the accident occurred after 7:00 am as Saba who was riding his bike without wearing a helmet was cycling towards route 41 on Cortez Road. At the same time the driver of a Ford F-150 pick up truck, Jonny Anderson a 42 year-old was on 41 driving towards the intersection at Cortez Rd.
Apparently the Bicyclist did not spot the oncoming pick up truck and the two collided.
The driver of a black pickup truck that caused a multi-car accident with injuries in Manatee County is wanted by the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP gave the following details of the accident; On 26th Street West southbound lane in Bradenton a black pickup truck slammed into the back of a 2012 Malibu. The impact of the collision shoved the car into a Ford Taurus with enough force to push the Taurus into a collision with a Ford Mustang.
Witnesses stated the driver of the pick up truck was a black male in his thirties with shaggy hair and the pickup truck was black with chrome detailing.
The impacts of the collision resulted in both the driver, Joann Savard, 48, of Bradenton and passenger, Dustin Morton, 27, of Bradenton of the Ford Taurus sustaining minor injuries.
FHP Troopers have asked anyone with knowledge of the driver or hit-and-run accident to contact them at (239) 938-1800.
For reasons unknown a 22-year old man driving a 2001 Nissan Quest on the south bound lanes of 14th Street West in Bradenton crossed the median and crashed into a building.
The accident occurred early morning on March 21st. The impact of the collision proved fatal for the driver, Matthew Lance Daley of Bradenton Florida, who died at the scene of the crash. Daley drifted over the median as he got close to 36th Ave. W.
Daley’s mini-van crashed into a storage building on the 3600 block, penetrating the building’s wall. Daley was not wearing his seat belt during the accident, a fact that may have cost him his life, Troopers said.