Wrong-way Crash In Lakewood Ranch Kills One Injures Two
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.
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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.
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.