Head-on Crash In Manatee County Injures Two

A head-on crash on route US 301 in Manatee County resulted in two people suffering serious injuries.

According the the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at roughly 11:30pp as twenty three year old Zachary Peters from Parrish was southbound on US 301 driving a GMC Sierra pick up truck.

At the same time thirty year old Michelle Lachance also from Parrish was heading north on US 301 driving a Dodge Journey SUV.

As the two vehicles closed on each other near the intersection with Dickey Road, Lachance drifted into to the opposing lane and directly into the path of the oncoming pick up truck.

The two vehicles collided head on, the force of the impact sending them off the roadway.

According the FHP report after crashing into the SUV, the GMC Sierra pick up truck overturned twice and caught fire.

Troopers stated that both Peters and Lachance were seriously injured in the crash, and that the collision remains under investigation.

Head-On Collision On State Road 64 Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol Announced a crash with injuries on S.R.64.

The collision happened as forty-two year old Nickolay Nikolav of Sarasota drove a Volvo tractor-trailer westbound on State Road 64. At approximately 5:50 in the evening a 2013 Kia Forte driven by twenty one year old Punta Gord resident Bittany Yancy, gradually drove out of the eastbound lanes where the vehicle crashed head on with the heavy truck.

The resulting crash critically injured Yancy and she was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers noted both drivers were wearing seat belts and that Yancy would be cited for failing to maintain lane.

Deadly 3-Car Crash On River Road Kills 3

Dangerous River Road in Venice Florida has tragically lived up to it’s reputation. Florida Highway Patrol reported a 3 car crash on River Road that resulted in the deaths three people from Venice.

The crash took place at roughly 8:25p.m. as forty-two year old Joseph Clark of Venice was heading southbound in a 1989 Chevy Van following a Hyundai Sante Fe.

Clark attempted to pass the SUV while both vehicles drove on a curved section of the road that was a no-passing section just north of the intersection with Winchester Blvd.

At the same time eighty-four year old Donald Case of Venice was driving his Chrysler Town and Country northbound from the opposite direction also in the same curved section of River Road.

The two vehicles collided head on violently. The force of the impact spun Clark’s full-sized van around causing it to slam into the Hyundai SUV and rolled over upside down.

Clark, the driver of the van, was pronounced dead at he scene by first responders.

Both Donald Case, and a passenger in the Chrysler mini-van, ninety-one year old Ada Cerrito were also killed as a result of the head-on collision. In addition to Case and Cerrito, two other passengers in the Chrysler van, seventy-three year old Constance Burrell of Venice, and seventy-five year old Wayne Burrell also of Venice were transported to Venice Regional Bayfront with serious injuries.

Head-On Crash Injures Woman In Sarasota

Sarasota Police announced a head-on crash near Honore Avenue.

The accident happened as an unidentified woman was driving on Richardson Road in the area of Honore Avenue. At approximately 3:30 in the afternoon she collided head-on with another vehicle.

The crash slammed the woman’s car backwards where it came to rest on the precipice of a steep drainage ditch adjacent to the Sarasota Football Club.

The other car was found near the crash scene and the condition of the driver has not been released.

The injured woman was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Manatee County Hit and Run Seriously Injures One

Florida Highway Patrol arrested a man after a hit and run crash in Manatee County. The man, identified as 32 year old Luis Luna-Castillo from Bradenton has been accused of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.

The Crash took place Sunday night when Rosemarie Cooper, a 68 year old from Bradenton was driving south in Ford Escort on 50th Avenue West when just prior to 9:30p.m. Luna-Castillo, who was driving in the northbound lanes in a Dodge Durango, swerved into the path of Cooper where the two vehicles crashed head-on.

While both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Cooper was seriously injured by the collision.

Luna-Castillo ran from the crash site and attempted to hide from authorities but was found by Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

First responders too Cooper to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment of serious injures.

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.

I-275 Wrong Way Crash Driver Has Been Identified

The driver of a Ford Expedition that drove the wrong way on I-275 and collided head on with a sedan carrying four USF students causing the the death of all involved has been identified.

Florida Highway Patrol has reported that Daniel Morris, a 28-year old from Tampa was at the wheel of the full-sized SUV during the collision.

Further FHP stated that Morris had borrowed the SUV from his friend Scott Enfinger. Enfinger stated that Morris had been staying with him having recently moved to Florida from Michigan.

Due to the severe fire that engulfed the SUV after the crash, the body of the driver required other methods for positive identification.

Police still have not been able to determine why Morris had driven down the wrong way. Witnesses took cell-phone video which shows the SUV speeding down the wrong way at roughly 70 miles per hour.

Other drivers swerved to avoid crashing into the SUV and the video shows no indication that Morris was slowing down or attempting get off the road.

Wrong-Way Crash On I-275 Kills Five In Tampa

Florida Highway Patrol announced a deadly wrong-way accident that killed five people on I-275.

The crash happened at roughly 2a.m. Sunday morning when an SUV going the wrong way on I-275 smashed head-one into a sedan.

Four of the deceased were Sigma Beta Rho fraternaty brothers from University of South Florida riding in the sedan, a Hyundai Sonata.

The driver of the SUV was also killed in the collision and the force and intense heat from the head on crash has so far made it impossible to identify the driver of the SUV.

Florida Highway Patrol is continuing an investigation into the crash, but have not yet released any details, including the reason that the driver of SUV was heading the wrong way on the freeway.

The identities of the four killed in the sedan are, 21 year old Dammie Yesudhas, 21 year old Jobin Kuriakose, 22 year old Ankeet Patel, and 20 year old Imtiyaz Ilias.

The crash forced the closure of 275 for several hours while police completed crash-site investigations, and the wreckage was cleared.

Judy Genshaft, president of USF announced that the university would be offering counseling services for students distressed by the deaths of their classmates.

 

Update: To Fatal S.R. 70 Accident

The victim of the fatal crash on SR 70 near Myakka City that killed one and injured three has been identified by the Florida Highway Patrol as 8 year old Sarah Prouix from Bradenton

The girl was mortally injured after the car she was riding in was in a head on collision with an SUV. Police said she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

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A Chevy Aspen - SUV Model Involved In The Head On Collision

Sarah Prouix was taken to Blake Medical Center where doctors pronounced her dead. Serious injuries were also sustained by three other passengers involved in the accident including the driver and passenger of the SUV a Chevy Aspen, Devin Gilmore and Allison Gilmore from Arcadia. Melanie Prouix and Kevin Moore were driving a Chevy Cavalier and both were listed as serious condition at Blake Medical Center.

The cause of the deadly crash is not yet released but FHP has reported that Devin Gilmore lost control of his vehicle and swirved into the other lane directly in front of the oncoming Chevy Cavalier.

Gilmore will face charges of failing to use due care.

 

Head-on Crash On River Road Kills Port Charlotte Man

Florida Highway Patrol announced  a head-on crash on River Rd resulted in the death of a man from Port Charlotte.

The accident occurred when the driver of a 2002 Ford Mustang for reasons unknown drifted into wrong lane and struck oncoming traffic. The Mustang crashed head on with a Dodge Neon with 21 year old Ariel Bryant, from North Port at the driver seat. Bryant only suffered minor injuries and was wearing his seat belt.

However the driver of the Mustang, 33 year old Gerald Tindall, from Port Charlotte was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and was killed by the impact. FHP is investigating in alcohol was a factor in the accident.

A third vehicle was following the Dodge Neon also collided with the Mustang. A minivan driven by 20 year old Brittany Thomas from Port Charlotte was critically injured in the crash and life-lighted to Blake Medical Center. Thomas was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.