A man was seriously injured in a crash between a pickup truck and a scooter.
Florida Highway Patrol stated the crash happened as seventy three year Venice resident, old Charles Hand Junior was following a pick up truck on his Kymico 8 motor scooter southbound on County Road 771.
The pickup truck, towing a trailer and driven by twenty three year old Port Charlotte resident, Dylan Jansch was forced to stop due to traffic. Charles Hand Junior swerved to avoid crashing into the truck but was unable to prevent colliding with the trailer.
Hand was seriously injured in the crash.
A man from Port Charlotte is in critical condition after being struck by a school bus.
FHP stated that the crash happened as eighty three year old cyclist George Heinrich rode his bicycle north along U.S. 41 and attempted to cross Murdock Circle outside of a crosswalk and in an unmarked are of the road from a parking lot.
At the same time, sixty year old bus driver Jean Corvil from Port Charlotte was driving east on Murdock Circle approaching U.S. 41. with more than thirty students as on board.
The bus grazed to left handlebar of Heinrich’s bicycle causing him to be thrown onto the roadway. The force of the impact combined with the fact that Heinrich was not wearing a helmet resulted in the cyclist being critically injured.
Heinrich was taken to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment.
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.
Charlotte County sheriff’s deputies reported that they have Adam Provencal a 34 year-old from North Port. Provencal allegedly was driving while intoxicated and was the perpetrator of two hit-and-run collisions while driving drunk.
Provencal has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing property damage and injuries. Two counts of leaving the scene of a crash, refusal to submit to a breath test and resisting arrest without violence. Further, Provencal has been denied bail and remains held in custody at the Charlotte County jail.
Police described the events that led to Provencal’s arrest as follows. Late Tuesday a vehicle was hit by a car with no lights at Tamiami Trail and Pembroke Dr. The car then sped away from the accident.
As police officers looked into that hit and run crash, a second crash was reported just a few miles away. This time a car crashed into a garage door at a home and again fled the scene.
Parts of a damaged Volvo sedan were found at both crash sites. Further on the evening police located a Volvo with damage at Viscaya Drive. When police approached the car Provencal fled on foot. Officers brought in a K-9 unit and Provencal was tracked down by dogs and arrested. Provencal was reported to have extremely slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit and run that resulted in Kyle J. Wells, 23 of Port Charlotte being critically injured.
While walking along the roadway,south of Brad Avenue on Vessles Rd Wells was struck by a northbound car fitting the description of a Mercury Grand Marquis just prior to 3 in the Morning. the driver of the car did not stop and sped off after hitting Wells.
First responders transported Wells to Lee Memorial Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
FHP troopers have asked anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact them at at (239) 938-1800.
A pedestrian – vehicle accident in Port Charlotte resulted in a 12-year old boy in critical condition.
Florida Highway Patrol reported the accident took place just after 7p.m. Sunday when two pedestrians attempted to cross the Northbound lanes of U.S. 41 at Conway Boulevard.
The driver of a Honda Civic, Robert Whetsel, 29, of North Port turned sharply to avoid the running pedestrians but was unable to avoid hitting Taylor Welbourne, 12 of Port Charlotte.
FHP stated Whetsel would not have been able to avoid the accident. The injured boy was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment and then sent on to All Children’s for more advanced treatment.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident with injuries on I-275 in Manatee county. The accident occurred early morning around 5:30 am when the driver (James Boyer, 79 of Port Charlotte) collapsed or went unconscious while driving.
Out of control, the car crossed the highway and collided with a barrier wall, then crossed the highway again to crash into the opposite barrier and finally come to a stop.
The two passengers, a 75-year-old male from Punta Gorda suffered minor injuries and a 98-year-old female passenger also from Punta Gorda was injured seriously. Both passengers were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Everyone in the car was wearing seat belts and there was no other vehicles in the crash.