CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol announced Three people were injured in a car accident on Gasparilla Road (county road 771) near Englewood Wednesday.
The Accident took place shortly after 11:15 A.M. as 17 year old Ryan McCann from Port Charlotte was driving a 2004 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck north on Gasparilla Road, approaching the intersection with Marathon Boulevard.
As McCann closed on the intersection he came to a stop in the turn lane to wait for approaching traffic to pass.
At the same time 36 year old Sarah Penrose from Punta Gorda was southbound on Gasparilla Road approaching the intersection with Marathon Boulevard driving a 2010 Mazda CX7 crossover SUV with passenger 59 year old Pamela Andre, from Port Charlotte.
McCann failed to see or misjudged the oncoming SUV and attempted to turn left from Gasparilla Road across traffic onto Marathon Blvd, however he drove directly into the path of the oncoming SUV.
The right from of McCann’s Dodge RAM crashed into the left front of Penrose’s Mazda SUV. The force of the collision spun the Dodge RAM counter-clockwise onto a grassy median where it came to a stop after striking a sign pole.
The Mazda SUV was knocked into the right southbound lanes where it came to a stop facing south.
Both Saras Penrose and passenger Pamela Andre wear seriously injured in the crash. Sarah Penrose was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment and Pamela Andre was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Ryan McCann suffered minor injuries and was take to Englewood Community Hospital for treatment.
FHP stated that all parties had been wearing seat belts and that McCann has been charged with Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when turning left.