Teens Crash Stolen SUV In Venice Leaving Four Seriously Injured

Teens Crash Stolen SUV In Venice Leaving Four Seriously Injured

SARASOTA COUNTY – A serious crash with multiple injuries in Venice Florida has been reported by Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the report the crash began as 3 minors traveled at a high rate of speed southbound in the right lane of US-41 Bypass in a full-sized SUV that was reported stolen by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Driven by 16 year old Jaydon Meal from Nokomis, the stolen 2004 Ford Expedition also carried two passengers, 14 year old Donte Franklin of Venice, and 13 year old Tyler Spooner from Nokomis.

As the SUV approached the intersection of US-41 Bypass and Via Venito, 61 year old Mona Quinn from Osprey approached in the northbound lanes of US-41 Bypass driving a 2013 Honda CRV.

A witness stated to investigating troopers, that the Ford Expedition was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control as it neared the intersection.

After losing control, the SUV struck the at speed curb and continued over the right side of the southbound curb. The impact with the curb sent the Ford Expedition  rotating where it entered the grassy media and overturned propelling it into the air.

After being airborne the Ford SUV traveled in through the air into the north bound lanes across traffic where it landed on it’s right side on the top of the Honda CR-V driven by  Mona Quinn.

After crashing onto the compact Honda SUV, the Ford Expedition continued in an eastbound direction where it finally came to a stop on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes.

After being struck by the Ford Expedition, Quinn’s Honda CR-V came to a stop facing north in the right lane of northbound US-41 Bypass.

Quinn sustained serious injuries during the crash and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.

16 year old Jaydon Meal, the driver of the stolen SUV was critically injured in the crash and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, his passenger 14 year old Donte Franklin was also seriously injured and taken to Sarasota Memorial, 13 year old passenger Tyler Spooner was taken to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg also in serious condition.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.



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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.