Man killed in Lakewood Ranch accident

August 24, 2011 

LAKEWOOD RANCH — A 51-year-old man died Tuesday night after a two-car crash on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Sammy K. Pletcher of Bradenton was headed northbound in the 4800 block of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at a high rate of speed at about 9:30 p.m. When he tried to pass vehicles in the left turn lane, he lost control of his vehicle, hit a curb and crashed into a SUV headed southbound, the highway patrol reports.

Pletcher died at the scene, a trooper said, while the driver of the SUV, who is nine months pregnant, was trapped in her vehicle and rescued.

She was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment, while her two children, who were in the back seat area of the SUV were not injured, the trooper said.

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