Seven students and a driver suffered minor injuries after the school bus they were in was in a multi-vehicle accident involving two pick up trucks.
The crash happened at the intersection of Bantry Boulevard and Cedar Road shortly after 7a.m. when eighteen year old, Brandon Blumberg driving a pickup truck rear ended the school bus. After colliding with the back of the school bus Blumberg was then struck by an other pick up truck driven by forty-three year old Christopher Weir from Placidia.
The driver of the school bus, sixty-four year old Barbara Kirkpatrich from Englewood, sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Seven students on board the bus also receive injures described as ‘very minor’. The driver of the first pick up, Brandon Blumberg suffered minor injuries, as well as both the driver and passenger of the second pick up, Christopher Weir and 16 year old Mikaylah Chafins.
All of the injured parties were taken to Englewood Hospital for Treatment.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers stated Blumberg will be charged with careless driving.
Charlotte County authorities announced one man was killed in a single car crash.
The crash occurred as 28 year Englewood resident old Sean Minnehan drove northbound on Sesame Road in Englewood. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Minnehan approached a curve in the road but failed to navigate the turn.
Minnehan went off the road in his Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan, crashed into a roadside embankment and rolled over into a drainage pond submerging the roof of the car.
Charlotte County Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash first and discovered that Minnehan had died at the scene of the crash.
A motorcyclist was in critical condition after a collision with a minivan in Englewood.
Authorities stated that at roughly nine fifty in the morning, the rider of a 1986 Honda motorcycle was stopped in the southbound lanes at the intersection of North Indiana Avenue and East Dearborn Street waiting in the left turn lane during a green light.
As a Chrysler Town and Country minivan approached from the southbound lanes the motorcycles attempted to turn left,failing to yield to the oncoming minivan.
The two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The rider of the Honda, only identified as a 59 year old male, was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle where he was critically injured. First responders transported the motorcyclist to Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton. The driver of the Chrysler was not harmed in the crash.
A crash on McCall road in near Port Charlotte resulted in three being injured.
The accident took place shortly before 7:00am when Jill Castagna a sixty nine year old from Port Charlotte was driving west on McCall Road approaching Gillot Blvd as eighty five year old Genevieve Seman from Englewood was headed east and already in the left turn lane at Gillot Blvd.
Seman attempted to turn left at the intersection as Castagna approached and the front of the two vehicles collided in the intersection.
The resulting force of the impact spun the vehicle Seman was driving around where it finally came to rest in a ditch.
Seman was critically injured and taken by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Jill Castagna and seventy one Alfonso Castagna where seriously injured in the crash and taken to Englewood hospital with serious injuries.
Florida Highway Patrol stated that charges were pending in the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a woman from Port Charlotte was killed when she was ejected from her car during a crash on McCall Road.
The woman was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy on McCall Road near the intersection of Fieldcrest Lane and apparently struck the curb with the right front tire of the SUV. The woman attempted to get the full sized SUV back under control by attempting to steer the vehicle back to the center of the road.
The driver however over corrected causing the vehicle to spin into the median. After entering the median the tires of the sideways sliding SUV bit into the turf of the median causing it to to overturn several times.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV. The woman was taken to Englewood Memorial Hospital where she was declared dead.Officials stated the crash was still under investigation and it has not yet been determined if alcohol was a factor.
Florida Highway Patrol stated a crash between a pick up truck and a parked car that has resulted in a man from North Port suffering serious injuries.
The accident took place Thursday near the intersection of Birchwood street and Prospect when Robert Jackson, a 55 year old from north Port was driving east on Prospect. The pickup truck Jackson was driving veered to the right suddenly, Jackson turned the wheel sharply to the left to steer back on the road but caused the pickup truck to loose control and run off the road on the left side.
The sharp change in direction contributed to the Ford pickup overturning and rotating in mid air. The truck landed on it’s wheels but crashed into a parked car.
FHP troopers said that Jackson was not wearing his seat belt during the accident,and as a result was seriously injured during the crash and was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital reported to be in critical condition.