A two-car crash happened on Tuesday morning at U.S. 301 and 51st Avenue East involving a 79-year-old Bradenton man who later died according to Florida Highway Patrol.
News is reporting that according to FHP, a Honda Civic headed south on U.S. 301 entered the intersection and collided with a Chevy Uplander driven by Robert Zandstra, 79, who later became the victim of this fatal accident. He died after being flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg via helicopter.
The driver, Zandstra, was apparently driving east on 51st Avenue East and had stopped his Chevy Uplander at the intersection. He then entered on a green signal, FHP said.
68-year-old Sarasota resident Darla Clark, the driver of the Civic, told investigators she had a steady green signal when she entered the intersection. The Honda hit Zandstra’s Chevrolet on the left side and caused his vehicle to rotate clockwise, according to the release.
FHP crash investigators say they do not know at this time who ran the red light, and charges are pending further investigation. In earlier blogs, I have discussed red light cameras. At a time like this, those red light cameras being installed in various locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas County would be quite helpful in determining who is liable for breaking the law, and therefore, who’s insurance should pay for the injuries and damages in a personal injury claim. Although it would not stop the crash from actually happening due to driver negligence, it would help in determining who is actually at fault especially in an accident involving a fatality.
The driver of the Civic, Darla Clark and her passenger, 40-year-old Darrin Clark of Sarasota, both incurred minor injuries and were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital. A passenger in Zandstra’s Uplander, Joy Clyde, 63 of Bradenton, also experienced minor injuries and went to Manatee Memorial.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased.