Three Drivers Injured In Multi-Car Crash On Fruitville Road

Multi-Car Crash On Fruitville Road Injures Several

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, three people were injured in a traffic accident on Fruitville Road in Sarasota Sunday night.

The multi-vehicle chain reaction accident took place when seventy-four year old James Walker from Sarasota was westbound on Fruitville Road approaching the intersection with McIntosh road in a Kia Optima sedan.

At the same time nineteen year old Nathan Buckingham was eastbound on Fruitville in a Dodge Ram pickup truck also approaching the intersection with McIntosh Road.

At approximately seven-thirty in the evening, Walker entered the intersection and attempted to turn left onto McIntosh Road. As Walker began his turn, he drove his Kia sedan directly into the path of the oncoming Dodge Ram pick up truck.

Seeing the Kia turning into the intersection, Buckingham attempted to avoid a collision by swerving toward the left, away from the Kia, however the Kia still slammed into the right rear of the pick up truck. The force of the crash caused the Dodge Ram to spin into the adjacent turn lane where it partially obstructed the lane, and ended up in the path of the third vehicle, a  Chevrolet Equinox SUV driven by sixty five year old Sarasota resident Castels Hatley.

Hatley’s Chevy SUV collided with the left rear of Buckingham’s Dodge Ram pickup, and all three vehicles came to a stop.

Buckingham was critically injured in the wreck and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. Hatley was also taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Walker, the driver of the Kia Sedona sedan suffered only minor injuries.

The report from FHP stated that all three drivers had been wearing seat belts during the accident.

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Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.