Headlines: Weekend crashes claim several lives; Red light camera fines handed out in Manatee Co.

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TAMPA - There were several serious accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists over the weekend that resulted in seven fatalities.

Vernetta S. Yednak, 61, of Spring Hill was struck and killed on Anderson Snow Rd in Hernando County Sunday evening. FHP says Yednak was laying in the southbound lane of Anderson Snow, an unlighted roadway, and driver Leanne Salazar, was unable to avoid hitting her. Salazar and her two children, ages 14 and 9, weren't hurt. 

Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information about the driver(s) that struck and killed a pedestrian, and critically injured another pedestrian, early Sunday morning. FHP says Shadeed Brandian Wright, 33, and Anthony Allan Johnson, 23, were crossing US-41 around 2:30AM. They failed to observe oncoming traffic and were hit by a dark colored vehicle that fled the scene. Soon after the initial crash, several vehicles ran over Wright and also left the scene. Anyone with information on the drivers involved in the accident are asked to call Cpl. David Brunner at 941-751-8366.

On Sunday afternoon, 25-year-old Quinten Canty was killed when he attempted to cross Roosevelt Blvd near Bradford St in Clearwater. FHP says Canty rode into the path of an oncoming vehicle and later passed away at Largo Medical Center. The vehicle driver that hit Canty, Anastasios F. Poulakis, and his passenger were not injured.

A 13-year-old bicyclist is hospitalized after he was hit while crossing US-19 on Saturday. FHP says Robert Lee Munson attempted to cross near Hammock Rd and rode into the path of an F-250 pickup truck driven by James Conrad Doring, 17, of Hudson.

John M. Reyna, 22, died in a single vehicle crash on the Selmon Expressway at approximately 10:45 Saturday night. FHP says Reyna lost control of his BMW on the Selmon near 22nd St. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his car. FHP is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

In Manatee County, Flaviano (63) & Claudia (55) Avalos of Wachula died Sunday when Flaviano failed to stop at a stop sign on US-301/Moccasin Wallow Rd, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The Flaviano's vehicle hit a truck driven by Tyler Bell, 23, of Bradenton, who received minor injuries.

*** CORRECTION ***  Patricia Hewitt Roming, 24, of Sarasota was injured in an accident Sunday afternoon when she lost control of the scooter she was driving on Camminare Dr at Quinto Dr.  No other vehicles were involved.  An earlier version of this story indicated the accident was fatal.  Ms. Roming is recovering at Blake Medical Center.


MANATEE CO: $158 fines handed out starting TODAY for drivers caught on the red-light cameras at 53rd Ave/34th St W and 57th Ave E/15th St. During the one-month-long grace period, 969 warnings were mailed to drivers who ran the red lights at those intersections.


CLEARWATER: Traffic has been shifted to new frontage lanes of US-19 between Harn Blvd. and Gulf-to-Bay/SR-60. Be alert to changes in traffic patterns.

N TAMPA: 1 lane will be closed in each direction of Fowler & Fletcher avenues in the I-75 area, 9AM-4PM.

TAMPA: 1 lane may be closed in each direction of the Selmon Exwy between 22nd St/Exit 9 and 50th St/Exit 11, until 3PM.

ST. PETE BEACH: Outside/right lane of Blind Pass Rd closed from 87th-83rd avenues, 7:30AM-5:30PM each day this week for maintenance.


8:51 -- I-275 TAMPA: accident reported SB near Fowler, but I don't see it on my traffic cameras. Drive time from Fletcher to Dale Mabry = 25-30 min.

8:42 -- I-4 TAMPA: Westbound traffic delays from 36th St to I-275 (about two miles) but otherwise I-4 looks OK.

8:32 -- SEMINOLE: Fender bender on Bryan Dairy Rd & Longwood Dr.

8:24 -- POLK CO - LAKELAND: Crash with injuries on SR-33/Lakeland Hills & Deeson Point Blvd

8:18 -- VETERANS EXPRESSWAY: Crash reported southbound near Waters Ave. Drive time from Hutchinson to I-275 = 30-35 minutes.

8:12 -- PASCO - LAND O LAKES: Crash with roadblock reported on SB US-41 & Ehren Cutoff.

7:49 -- CLEARWATER: Accident at Whitney Rd & 62nd St. Ambulance on scene.

7:37 -- I-75 TAMPA: Delays northbound approaching I-4. Crash past MLK. No roadblock, but a visual traffic delay there.

7:29 -- GULFPORT - ST. PETERSBURG: Accident on 49th St S & 22nd Ave

7:28 -- E TAMPA UPDATE: All lanes still blocked NB US-301 past SR-60. Tow truck clearing the SUV involved in crash. Traffic gets by using shoulder.

7:26 -- LARGO: EMS responding to accident on E Bay Dr & 20th St SE

7:14 -- LARGO: Accident @ 66th St N & Ulmerton Rd. 

7:11 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH CO: Crash with injuries reported northbound I-75 @ Big Bend Rd/Exit 246. Unknown roadblock.

6:57 --- E TAMPA: All lanes blocked on northbound US-301, 1/2-mile

past Adamo Dr. Car on its side. Traffic gets by using shoulder. Falkenburg Rd is the alternate route.

6:48 -- N TAMPA: Crash @ Fletcher Ave & Lake Magdalene. @HC_Sheriff working this one. Not reported with injuries.

6:44 -- POLK CO - HAINES CITY: Crash on Alt. US-27/10th St @ CR-544/Scenic Hwy.

6:39 -- VALRICO UPDATE: Accident blocking the turn lane from EB SR-60 to northbound Miller Rd. No major delays though per Action Air 1's pic.

6:38 -- E TAMPA: Crash with injuries reported US-301 & SR-60/Adamo Dr.

6:27 -- CLEARWATER: Accident on Missouri Ave near Druid Rd. EMS responding.

6:15 -- SUNCOAST PKWY/VETERANS EXWY: So far so good! Drive time southbound between SR-54 and I-275 exits = > 20 minutes.

6:02 -- PASCO CO - DADE CITY: Accident @ Handcart Rd & Prospect Rd. No roadblock reported.

5:45 -- HILLSBOROUGH CO - VALRICO: @HC_Sheriff working a crash with injuries on Miller Rd @ SR-60/Brandon Blvd.

5:36 -- ST. PETE UPDATE: Crash on 22nd Ave N under I-275 has cleared.

5:23 -- ST. PETERSBURG: Accident @ 22nd Ave N ramp to SB I-275. Road Ranger, law enforcement blocking ramp. Traffic can pass beneath 275.

5:13 -- INTERSTATES are accident-free.


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