Bradenton motorist avoids dog, slams into pole

HERALD STAFF REPORTMarch 11, 2013 

MANATEE -- A Bradenton motorist swerved to avoid a dog in the middle of Florida Boulevard at 9:10 a.m. Monday, but ended up colliding with a utility pole.

The pole broke and landed on top of the driver's 1991 Buick Century, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The driver, a 48-year-old woman who suffered minor injuries in the accident, was heading east on Florida Boulevard, approaching California Street.

Suddenly, the driver spotted the dog in the road and pulled her steering wheel hard to the right, the report states.

The maneuver apparently spared the dog, but the driver was unable to avoid a concrete utility pole with the right front of her vehicle, which caused the pole to topple, the report stated.

One 24-year-old female passenger also suffered minor injuries, the report stated. The second passenger, a 26-year-old woman, was unhurt, according to the report.

No charges have been filed at this time, the report concludes.

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