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Tragic Auto Accident On 53rd Ave In Bradenton Leaves Pedestrian Dead, Driver in Custody


BRADENTON – FHP has announced A devastating auto accident that occurred Friday evening (July 28th), at the intersection of State Road 70 (53rd Ave) and US 41 (14th Street). According to the report by Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash involved three vehicles and a pedestrian.

The report states that there were three vehicles involved in the accident, a sedan, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), and a passenger bus, as well as a pedestrian.

In addition to the fatally injured pedestrian, the driver of the sedan, a 21-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida, was also seriously injured. The SUV’s driver, a 24-year-old woman, and her two passengers, an 8-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl, all from Bradenton, Florida, suffered minor injuries.

Additionally, a passenger bus was part of the collision, carrying a 54-year-old man from Spring Hill, Florida, and a 38-year-old man from Sarasota, Florida. Both individuals sustained minor injuries. Another passenger on the bus, a 23-year-old girl from Independence, Oregon, was also involved in the crash.

The most tragic outcome of the accident was the death of a 60-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida, who was a pedestrian at the time of the collision. The events leading up to the fatal crash were outlined by the FHP.

According to the FHP report, the sedan driven by the 21-year-old man from Bradenton was heading west on State Road 70 approaching the intersection with US 41. Simultaneously, the sport utility vehicle driven by the 24-year-old woman was traveling east on State Road 70, attempting to make a left turn onto northbound US 41. The third vehicle, a passenger bus, was also traveling east on State Road 70, approaching the intersection of US 41.

As the vehicles converged on the intersection of SR 70 and US 41, the pedestrian, identified as a 60-year-old man from Bradenton Florida, was standing on the raised median divider of State Road 70, just west of US 41.

At 6:40 PM the westbound sedan encountered the left-turning SUV and the front of the sedan collided with the right side of the sport utility vehicle. As a result of the impact, the sedan then collided with the 60-year-old Pedestrian. This in turn caused the pedestrian to be forced into the path of bus of the passenger bus.

The tragic incident took the life of the 60 year-old pedestrian, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. FHP also stated that the driver of the sedan, the 21 year-old-man from Bradenton Florida, fled the scene on foot. However, law enforcement action was able to quickly apprehend the man and he has been taken into custody.

After being apprehended by FHP, The 21-year-old male driver of the sedan was identified as Gustavo DeLeon of Bradenton. DeLeon now faces several serious charges, including leaving the scene of an accident with death, vehicular homicide, and driving without a valid driver’s license. DeLeon was booked into the Manatee County Jail pending further investigation.

As of now, the crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, with authorities working to uncover the exact cause and circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

As members of the local community serving the Bradenton and Sarasota area for over 30 years we have seen too many people die in avoidable traffic accidents.

Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy, and Walsh of southwest Florida, extends our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragic event. We urge drivers no matter thier situation to be attentive and responsible, and cautious on the roads to prevent such devastating incidents in the future.

Daniel Murphy's passionate belief in upholding the Florida justice system by defending the rights of the public against corporate interests, has lead him to become one of Florida's most effective young attorneys. Daniel Murphy carries his enthusiasm for fighting for the rights of the injured outside the courtroom by staying involved in legal and community organizations.

Tragic Auto Accident On 53rd Ave In Bradenton Leaves Pedestrian Dead, Driver in Custody

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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