Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal motorcycle crash on U.S. 41.
The accident happened as Sarasota motorcyclist, forty-one year old Mathew Knight was riding a motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41, approaching the intersection with Bayshore Drive.
At roughly the same time thirty-one year old driver Paul Watkins was eastbound on Bayshore drive approaching the intersection with U.S. 41.
Approximately six minutes after noon, Watkins turned left onto U.S. 41 from Bayshore and directly into the path of the oncoming motorcyclist.
Knight collided with Watkins vehicle and sustained severe injuries. First responders transported Knight to Venice Regional Hospital. Knight later died from his injuries.
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.
FHP troopers reported a three-car traffic accident that seriously injured an elderly woman from Bradenton.
At roughly 2:30 in the afternoon, eighty year old Catherine McCarthy was waiting in the left turn lane of the Orlando Avenue U.S. 41 intersection in her 2011 GMC Terrain.
At the same time nineteen year old Rodolfo Garcia was approaching in a car and fifty-two year old Ronny Tacle was heading toward the intersection in a Nissan Frontier pick up truck. McCarthy proceeded into the intersection attempting to cross the road and driving directly into the path of the oncoming car driven by Garcia.
Garcia and McCarthy’s vehicles crashed into each other and the force of the impact redirected McCarthy’s SUV causing it to crash into Tacle’s Nissan pick up.
McCarthy suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Blake Medical center for treatment. Both Garcia and Tacle suffered minor injuries and were taken to are hospitals.
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.
Florida highway patrol announced a hit and run accident with injuries on U.S. 41 in Bradenton.
The crash took place when twenty-seven year old Santier Gibson of Bradenton was driving his Lincoln Navigator south on U.S. 41 approaching the intersection with 49th Avenue Drive West.
At fifteen minutes before 10:00 p.m. the full sized Lincoln Navigator SUV was slammed into by a Honda CRV compact SUV. The Honda, which had for reasons unknown lost control, crashed into the right front of the Lincoln and careened off the heavier vehicle sending the CRV spinning into traffic in the northbound lanes. At the same time a Nissan Altima heading north on U.S. 41, was struck by the Honda CRV as it spun into the northbound lanes.
Despite having sustained serious damage the Honda CRV was able to fee the site of the crash.
The crash left Gibson, the driver of the Lincoln seriously injured and he was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Altima, 24 year old Eduardo Lopez of Sarasota, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Florida Highway Patrol has asked anyone with knowledge of the crash to contact them at 941-751-7647.
Florida Highway patrol announced a crash with injuries in Venice at Center Road and U.S 41.
The accident took place as 97-year old Earl Eugene Ephlin was driving on U.S. 41 in his 2012 Lexus approaching the intersection with Center road heading south in the southbound lanes.
At the same time 50 year old Brian Denning from Venice was driving north in a Toyota Camry, heading the wrong way in the southbound lanes, approaching the same intersection as Ephlin.
The two vehicles collided in the middle southbound lane at approximately 10:30a.m.
Ephlin was seriously injured in the crash and flown to Sarasota Memorial for treatment. Denning, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center. Police have charged Denning with driving on the wrong side of the road.
Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit and run collision between a scooter and a full-sized Ford SUV.
The crash took place as a twenty-nine year old male was riding south on U.S. 41 at roughly 10:30p.m.
North of the intersection of River Road and 41 the motor scooter was struck from behind by a driver in a Ford Expedition SUV.
The force of the impact threw the rider from his motor scooter onto the shoulder of U.S. 41. The impact seriously injured the downed rider.
The crash sandwiched the scooter under the SUV, where it became lodged and dragged down the road for more than 1,000 feet. Witnesses said the SUV came to a stop and the drive got out, pulled the smashed scooter from under the vehicle and then proceeded to flee the scene.
The helmetless injured scooter rider was brought to Sarasota memorial for treatment of serious injuries. Authorities are seeking information about the driver of the SUV and have asked anyone with knowledge to contact them at 941-751-8350.
A crash on U.S. 41 in Manatee County has injured multiple people and resulted in pending charges of driving under the influence.
Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash that took place at roughly 6:45p.m. Saturday on U.S. 41 near the intersection of Pearl Avenue when Martin Fay, a 33 year-old from Bradenton tried to turn left from a driveway onto U.S. 41.
Fay drove his Dodge Journey SUV directly into the path on an oncoming Ford Expedition driven by 29 year old Nicholas Colangelo also from Bradenton.
The two SUVs crashed as Fay entered the northbound lanes. Fay was taken by Paramedics to Blake Medical Center for medical treatment of serious injuries, Fay’s passenger, and 8-year Kailey Fay, was also seriously injured in the crash. The young girl was taken to Tampa General for treatment of her in juries. Melissa Fay, 32 from Bradenton and also a passenger in the Dodge SUV was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Colangelo, the driver of the Ford Expedition, was not injured in the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol released that Fay will be charged with failing to yield right of way and that Colangelo would be charged with driving under the influence.
A three car accident in Sarasota on U.S. 41 resulted in at least three people being injured.
The crash took place just prior to 10 a.m. at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and 42nd Street when witnesses reported a Volkswagen traveling in the northbound lanes crossed traffic, drove over the median and careened into the southbound traffic. As the Volkswagen drove into southbound lanes and crashed into a van, and possibly two other vehicles.
One person was seriously injured and had to be taken by Paramedics to an area trauma center. Two other injured people were taken to area hospitals by ambulance.
Sarasota Police have stated an investigation is ongoing.