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Update: Driver charged in GMD crash that injured three

Gulf of Mexico Drive closed for 15 minutes.
by: Suzanne Elliott Staff Writer

Update: A driver was charged with improper passing in a traffic collision last week on Gulf of Mexico Drive that sent three people to the hospital, according to a police report.

James Wesley Kissick, 63 of Bradenton, was cited for improper passing when meeting oncoming traffic.

In a report, police gave this account of the crash:

Kissick was driving south in the 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he tried to pass a slower vehicle in a passing zone of the two-lane road. As his 1998 Nissan Pathfinder passed the slower vehicle, it collided with the northbound 2007 Isuzu truck and trailer combination of Mario Coyote Maye, 25, of Bradenton. Both drivers made evasive maneuvers into the paths of one another.

Kissick was taken by ambulance to Sarasota Regional Hospital with broken bones.

Maye was also taken to Sarasota Memorial, as was a passenger in his truck. A third passenger refused treatment.

The crash prompted first responders to close both lanes of Gulf of Mexico Drive for about 15 minutes around noon.


Previous story: Three people were injured – one seriously – in a two-vehicle crash shortly after noon Wednesday in the 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key police said.

According to police reports, James Kissick, 64, of Bradenton, was driving a Toyota 4Runner south on the island's main road when he collided with a northbound commercial vehicle driven by Mario Coyote Maye. Maye, whose age and address were not available, was towing a trailer with landscaping equipment.

Police said Kissick sustained serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Chayote received a bump on the head and passenger Ella Martinez, whose age and address were not available as well, received a leg injury. Chayote and Martinez were taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

Police had to close Gulf of Mexico Drive for 15 minutes in both directions to clear the wreck.

The incident remains under investigation.

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