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Two From Punta Gorda Seriously Injured In Road-side Multi-Vehicle Crash On I-75


SARASOTA COUNTY, FL – A serious multi-vehicle collision occurred Monday morning on June 24, 2024, at approximately 10:37 AM, at the intersection of Interstate 75 northbound near Mile Marker 187 south of River Road. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported that the accident involved seven vehicles and resulted in serious injuries for two individuals.

According to the FHP report the accident began as a 35-year-old man from Punta Gorda was driving a sedan on I-75 just south of River Road, the first vehicle in a multi-vehicle accident, when he encountered debris in the left lane of the highway—a tire. In an attempt to avoid the debris a tire in the left lane of the highway, the driver swerved onto the shoulder, where the front of his vehicle collided with the rear of a second vehicle another sedan parked on the paved shoulder. The second vehicle with an unknown driver belonged to a tire service company that was changing the tire of a forth vehicle, a sport utility vehicle disabled and parked on the left shoulder.  The impact caused a chain reaction:  

A third vehicle a pickup truck driven by an 18-year-old-man from Punta Gorda, swerved to avoid the debris and collided with the rear and left side of the fourth vehicle the sport utility vehicle that was disabled on the side of the left shoulder.   A fifth vehicle a sport utility vehicle driven by a 41-year-old-man from Fort Myers, suddenly stopped when a sixth vehicle a sport utility vehicle following him driven by a 41-year-old-man from Cape Coral, failed to stop in time and collided with the  rear of his sport utility vehicle .

Lastly, a final seventh vehicle a sport utility vehicle driven by a 66-year-old woman from Punta Gorda failed to stop and collided with the rear of the sixth vehicle.  

The driver and passenger of Vehicle 1, a 34-year-old female from Punta Gorda, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The driver of Vehicle 3 suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the accident. The identities of the drivers of Vehicles 2 and 4 remain unknown at this time.

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this multi-vehicle accident. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Two From Punta Gorda Seriously Injured In Road-side Multi-Vehicle Crash On I-75

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