Pedestrian Struck and Killed On Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key

Pedestrian Struck and Killed On Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key

MANATEE COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol announced a man was killed on Gulf Of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key early Tuesday morning.

The accident happened as 71 year old Richard Sullo of Palmetto was northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive driving a 2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport Utility Vehicle.

Sullo was being followed by 41 year old Cheri Zupa from Longboat Key, with passenger 15 year old Maya Yarlagadda in a 2008 Mercedes Benz ML 350.

As the two vehicles traveled north, 85 year old Warren Roberts of Longboat Key was walking along the east side of Gulf of Mexico Drive south of Cedar Street. At 6:00 A.M. Roberts walked into Gulf Of Mexico Drive heading west attempting to cross the road, and walking directly into the path of the oncoming vehicles.

Roberts was struck by the Hyundai SUV driven by Sullo and was thrown north onto the road way where he was stuck again by by the Mercedes driven by Zupa.

Roberts was killed by the impacts and died at the scene. FHP also stated that Sullo was taken to Blake Medical Center after the collision due to a medical condition.

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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.