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Two-vehicle crash in Myakka leaves one dead, three seriously injured

A Bradenton man, 57, died when the RV he was towing separated from his pickup and sent the truck into an oncoming van.

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A two-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon on State Road 70 near its intersection with Saddlebag Trail in Myakka City resulted in the death of a 57-year-old Bradenton man.

Three others involved in the crash, a passenger in the pickup and the driver and passenger in the second car, suffered serious injuries.

The Bradenton man was driving a westbound pickup truck that was towing a recreational vehicle. The recreational vehicle became separated from the pickup, causing the driver to lose control and cross into the eastbound lane, into the path of a van driven by an 80-year-old Dunedin man.

The Bradenton man was was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger in the pickup, a 52-year-old Oakland Park man, was flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the van was an 80-year-old Dunedin man. He and his 75-year-old female passenger, also of Dunedin, sustained serious injuries and were flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.



Jay Heater

Jay Heater is the managing editor of the East County Observer. Overall, he has been in the business more than 41 years, 26 spent at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay area as a sportswriter covering college football and basketball, boxing and horse racing.

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