15 Year Old Killed By Car-Strike In Palmetto

Florida Highway Patrol announced a 15 year old boy was struck and killed while attempting to cross U.S. 41 in Palmetto.

FHP stated the tragic pedestrian accident took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. as fifteen year old Myquarios Kelly from Palmetto was at the intersection of 23rd Street East and U.S. 41. At the same time driver, sixty four year old John D’Auria from Tampa was driving on U.S. 41 approaching the intersection with 23rd Street East in the morning gloom in a Lexus ES300H sedan.

As D’Auria closed on the intersection, Kelly attempted to cross the road moving from the east side of the road toward the west side. D’Auria failed to see the 15 year old in the darkness and struck Kelly while he was crossing the road.

The Lexus impacted with Kelly on the right side, the force of the crash throwing Kelly onto the roadway.

Kelly died as a result of his injuries, FHP also stated that alcohol had not been a factor in the deadly crash.

Boy From Palmetto In Serious Condition After Freight Truck Crash

Florida Highway patrol reported a five year old from Palmetto was in serious condition after being involved in a traffic accident.


The crash happened when Ralph Johnson Jr., a fifty five year old from Ellenton was driving a freight truck on 16th Avenue East in Palmetto when he approached a red light. Johnson chose to run the light and speed into the intersection.

At the same time a 2007 Toyota Camry being driven by Jessica Gonzalez, a twenty-six year old from Palmetto had the green light and proceeded into the intersection of 29th Street East and 16th Ave. East.

The right front of the fright truck smashed into the left front of the Toyota Camry. The force of the impact caused a five-year old passenger,  in the Camry to be thrown from the car through a side window on to the road as the car slid to a stop.

FHP troopers said Adam Aguilar, the boy who was ejected from the  car, had not been secured in a seat belt or car seat at the time of the crash. Aguilar was rushed to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for medical treatment.

Gonzalez, and another passenger in the Camry a seven year old, were also injured in the crash and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the freight truck was unharmed in the accident, FHP troopers cited Johnson for running the red light and Gonzalez was cited for having a child not properly restrained while driving.

Pickup Truck Crash Kills Diver From Palmetto

Palmetto Police announced the driver of a pickup truck was killed when the 2006 Chevrolet pick up truck drove off the road crashed into several obstacles  and caught fire.

According to authorities the crash occurred when the driver was nearing 7th St West on 10th Ave West prior to 11 in the morning on Wednesday.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the accident victim.

Police reported witnesses accounts that said the truck ran off the road just before entering the intersection, ran over the curb and headed into a park where the truck crashed into several obstacles including two signs and 3 trees. The last collision with a sign stopped the truck where it burst into flames. The driver of the pick up truck died at the scene.

The Palmetto Police Department are investigating the crash.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Car

Florida Highway Patrol reported a man from Palmetto was struck and killed while attempting to cross a road.

The accident happened when the man, 42 year-old Martin Ochoa-Hernandez  of Palmetto Florida tried to cross the 17th Street East at 6:15 Friday evening.

Hernandez was hit by a Mitsubichi  Galant driven by Simone Anderson, 21 from Ellenton. Anderson attempted to avoid running into Hernandez and veered to away but ended up striking him.

Paramedics rushed Hernandez to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Semi Truck Accident Kills Ellenton Senior

Palmetto Police reported Monday morning the driver of a pick up truck, 80-year old William Field was struck by a semi-truck and killed.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Haben. Blvd and U.S. 41. Field turned left onto the southbound lanes U.S. 41 from Haben. Blvd and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. The 18-wheeler, an 1998 International collided with Field’s Toyota pickup while crossing the northbound lanes. Police said witnesses stated the semi ran a red light causing the accident.

As of yet no charges have been filed against the driver of the truck, Donald Thomas, 41, of Tampa however Palmetto police officers were still investigating the accident.

William Field was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers noted the speed limit is 50MPH at that particular stretch of 41 and accidents at that location are often serious.

Motorcyclist Killed In Concrete Truck Accident

Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcycle rider was killed in a collision with a cement truck in Manatee County.

The motorcyclist, William Bierbaum, 49 of Palmetto, for reasons unknown apparently drifted into the lane of a cement truck while riding his Harley Davidson. The accident happened at 9:30 on Rye Road near lake Manatee.

The driver of the concrete Truck, resident, Spencer Taylor was not injured in the accident. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

Palmetto Motorcyclist Dies From Crash With SUV

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Tuesday April 3rd a motorcyclist from Palmetto Florida was involved in a serious accident in which an SUV in the wrong lanes of U.S. 41 struck his motorcycle.

The Palmetto Florida Motorcyclist, David J. Quackenbush, 28, later died of his injuries, Thursday after being taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet while following another car on the northbound lanes on U.S. 41 at the 3000 block. The car Quackenbush was following on his Yamaha motorcycle suddenly swerved onto the median to evade an oncoming vehicle heading the wrong way. The driver of the car avoided a collision and was not hurt, but the oncoming SUV struck the motorcyclist head on. The resulting collision threw Mr. Quackenbush from his motorcycle onto the windshield of the SUV and then to the median.

The Florida Highway patrol identified the driver of the SUV as Jesse L. Kates, Jr., of Bradenton (32). Mr. Kates suffered only minor injuries and was cited for careless driving. Alcohol was not involved in crash.

Crash On U.S. 41 Results In Death Of Palmetto Woman And 3 Others Injured

11 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 41, three people were injured and a 72-year-old Palmetto woman was killed in north Manatee County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident that happened after the northbound Hyundai SUV that McMahon was riding in made a left turn across the path of a southbound Ford Escape near 61st Street East. The resulting crash killed Suzette T. McMahon, 72, of Palmetto.

FHP also said, the driver of the Hyundai SUV, 60-year-old Michael S. Kidwell, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. Ryan White, 26, also of Winter Haven, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital

The Hyundai SUV that McMahon was riding in failed to yield to the oncoming Ford Escape. The Ford struck the vehicle McMahon was riding in sending it into large obstruction near the road.

An ongoing investigation is continuing, including whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, FHP said.