Two Seriously Injured at Hillsborough Boulevard and Toledo Blade
Charlotte County, Florida (December 26, 2017) – Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Charlotte County Monday afternoon, according to Florida Highway Authority.
The crash happened on Christmas afternoon December 25 at Hillsborough and Toledo Blade intersection.
According to FHP, a 2002 Toyota Camry was driven by 25-year-old Neel Jimenez Jr., of North Port, eastbound on Hillsborough Boulevard at the intersection and ran a red light at Toledo blade intersection.
A 64-year-old-driver, Frank Kulich, of Port Charlotte, was driving northbound on Toledo Blade. He had a green light as entered the intersection while driving in the right lane of the road.
Jimenez was entering the intersection at the same time when the two vehicles collided. The impact caused Jimenez vehicle to careen into a concrete pole, FHP said.
Jimenez had to be airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital suffering serious injuries. Kulich was also seriously injured and transported to Sarasota Memorial’s North Port location.
His passengers, 46-year-old Deborah Starodub, of Port Charlotte, 20-year-old, Saski Erkens, of Omaha, Nebraska and 21-year-old Morgan Blankeney, of Big Lake, Minnesota, all suffered minor injuries and were also transported to North Port Hospital.
Charges were filed against Jimenez for failure to stop at a red light.
The crash remains under investigation.
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