Fatal Single Car Crash On University Parkway

Florida Highway Patrol Reported a single car crash in Manatee County on University Parkway.

According to the report the accident happened at roughly ten minutes after six in the morning when thirty five year old Walker Abrams from Sarasota was westbound on University Parkway.

As Abrams neared the intersection of 37th Street East Abrams lost control of his Dodge Intrepid, veering north and crashing into a concrete culvert. The force of the collision spun the spun the sedan where it came to a stop on the shoulder.

Abrams was severely injured in the crash and taken to Sarasota Memorial for treatment. Later that day at 11:28pm, Abrams died from his injuries.

I-75 crash Near University Parkway Critically Injures Valrico Man

FHP announced a crash with injuries on I-75 near University Parkway.

The report states that thirty three year old Robert Waldon from Valrico Florida was southbound on I-75 in a pick up truck early Sunday morning.

At approximately ten minutes before 2:00a.m. drifted out of the left-land and crossed the highway onto the shoulder. After driving off the highway Waldon completely lost control of the truck and crashed into a tree.

The collision with the tree caused Waldon to be severely injured. Waldon was transported to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol stated that the accident is still under investigation.

3 Killed In University Parkway Single Car Crash

Sarasota Police announced a deadly single car accident on University Parkway near DeSoto road and Old Bradenton Road.

The report states that at roughly 2:30 a.m. four people were westbound at high-speed in a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. As the full-sized sedan neared the Sarasota-Bradenton air port, the driver lost control.

The sedan drove off the road and impacted with multiple trees, to force of the impact threw one passenger, Thomas Bentley  from the vehicle.

The driver, twenty one year-old Wesley McCurley of Sarasota and two other passengers, twenty one year old Michael Duffy of Sarasota, and twenty one year old Dane Custer of Bradenton were killed in the crash.

Police have said that while excessive speed appeared to be a factor they are still investigating the cause of accident.

University Parkway Hit And Run Injures Man From Palmetto

Florida Highway Patrol reported a hit-and-run crash after a pedestrian was struck and injured on University Parkway Wednesday night.

The incident took place just before 10p.m. as seventy one year old Sigurd Hagen of Palmetto was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of University Parkway near the intersection with Lockwood Ridge Road.

As Hagen proceeding into the roadway outside of the crosswalk he was struck by a vehicle that continued on down University Parkway fleeing the scene.

Hagen was seriously injured by the impact and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

FHP has asked anyone with knowledge of the hit-and-run to contact Trooper D.A. Cole at 239-938-1800.

University Parkway Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider

Florida Highway Patrol reported a deadly motorcycle accident on University Parkway Sunday evening.

The fatal crash began when motorist, seventy four year old Richard Fleishman was headin west on University Parkway in his Toyota Camry closing on University Parkway and Honore.

At the same time twenty three year old Sarasota motorcyclist Quintin Clark was riding his Honda CBR 600 east on University Parkway also approaching the intersection of University and Honore.

As both vehicles closed on the intersection Fleishman attempted to turn left from University parkway onto Honore, running a red light Fleishman drove his car directly into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.

Clark had no time to react and crashed into the sedan. The impact knocked him down onto the roadway and he continued to slide on the pavement for some time.

First responders pronounced Clark dead at the scene. Clark had been wearing a helmet during the crash. As of yet charges have not been filed on Fleishman.

Crash On University Parkway Injures Sarasota Pedestrian

An accident on University Parkway in Sarasota resulted in a pedestrian suffering critical injuries.

The crash happened at roughly 1:30 p.m. when a man from Sarasota was attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of University parkway near the Lockwood Ridge Road intersection shorty after getting off a SCAT bus.

The man, twenty seven year old Brandon Barnes, was seen by witnesses attempting run across the road full of traffic when and was hit by a Kia SUV driven by thirty year old Diana Calle from Sarasota.

The crash resulted in Barnes being lodged under the SUV and the impact resulted in Barnes being critically injured.

Barnes was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment, charges have not been field.

Bicyclist Killed On University Parkway By Car

Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a car and a Bicyclist Saturday night.

The crash took place around 6:50 p.m. when driver Jimmie Minnell a 55 year old from Sarasota, turned off University Parkway onto Lockwood Ridge Road and crashed into a bicyclist that had been riding westbound in the bike lane.

The rider, Jackie Winford 60 from, Sarasota, was mortally wounded as a result of the collision, and died from his injuries at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Minnell will be charged with violating right of way.

Weather and Careless Driving Contributed To 47 Car Pile Up At Sarasota on I-75

A major auto accident Friday afternoon involving 47 vehicles resulted in I-75 southbound lanes being closed for 6 hours and dozens of people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Although dozens were injured in the massive pile-up no one was killed in the accident. Florida highway patrol announced that the crash involved 47 vehicles and 52 people injured. Of those injured in the wreck 22 were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. Two people were with critical injuries and flown to medical centers for serious injuries.

The chain-reaction of crashes began during heavy rain shortly after 3 p.m. on the southbound lanes on I-75 at the University Parkway Overpass. FHP troopers also noted that while the weather was definitely a contributing factor, there will be charges of careless driving filed for some involved.

While as of Saturday morning it still remains unclear of the exact timeline of events, due to the weather, the accident apparently occurred at speeds between 50 – 65 miles per hour – far slower than normal highway traffic.

In addition to passenger vehicles there were also several commercial trucks including two tractor-trailers involved in the crash. Witnesses to the crash said the heavy downpour of rain seemed to come out of nowhere on an otherwise clear afternoon. Medical authorities at the scene told area news reporters that with so many vehicles and people involved and at the speeds of the accident it was miraculous that no one was killed in the crash.

Troopers reported that of the commercial vehicles involved in the crash that none were contained any harmful or toxic substances.

The massive crash drew emergency response crews from multiple agencies in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, with more than 18 units being sent from the Sarasota county fire department alone.

Many of the injured went to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and received treatment for broken bones, lacerations from broken glass and even burns from airbags deployed in the crash.

The scene after the crash was one of complete chaos with broken glass and smashed vehicle parts scattered across the road way, tractor trailer trucks were jack-knifed and smashed, broker cars were scattered haphazardly in all directions leading up to the overpass. Traffic was backed up for many miles and Friday rush-hour traffic was detoured from State Road 70 to Fruitville Rd.

I-75 Overpass at University Parkway

Area news agencies interviewed witnesses involved in the accident and one vicitm had this to say, “In the moment before we crashed I said to my wife, ‘ we are going to crash! the is no way to stop!’ the next thing we knew the airbag was in my face”.

Another witness described the beginning of the accident  “It seemed like forever, all you could hear was crash, crash, crash just none stop. I have never seen anything like that before”

Further details of the accident are pending from the Florida Highway Patrol.