MANATEE COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal auto accident that took place on Lakewood Ranch Blvd., just after noon Monday.
The report states that the crash took place as sixty-eight year old Thomas Yorke from Lakewood Ranch and passenger 98 year old Thelma Moore also of Lakewood Ranch were traveling south in a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV near Endeavor Drive.
At the same time, for reasons unknown, fifty year old Tara Berbit from Sarasota drove a Ford Escape SUV northbound in the southbound lanes and heading directly toward Yorke’s oncoming Hyundai SUV.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., the two vehicles collided in a head-on crash with the front of the Ford Escape impacting the front of the Hyundai.
Moore was killed as a result of the crash, and Yorke received on minor injuries. Tara Bernit, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle survived the accident with serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital of treatment.
Officials from the FHP have stated that the accident is currently under investigation, and that both Yorke and Moore had been wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.