Interstate 75 crash in Manatee kills 1, injures 6

January 28, 2014 

MANATEE -- A 19-year-old Naples woman was killed and six other people were hurt in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 75 on Monday evening that started when a motorist slammed into a vehicle stopped because of the closure of the overpass at University Parkway, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident that claimed the life of Mikayla Brandt happened about 6:20 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 south of the State Road 70 overpass, according to a news release.

Brandt was one of three people riding in a 2001 Saturn SL as it approached traffic backed up because of the problem farther south at University Parkway.

To avoid hitting the car stopped in the left lane in front of him, the driver tried to swerve left into the media. Instead, the car's right front hit the second car's left rear, FHP said.

The second car, driven by a man from Canada, rotated clockwise and overturned onto its left side, striking a van in the center lane driven by an Illinois man.

Meanwhile, the Saturn came to rest on its roof in the median.

The driver of the Saturn and a second passenger in the car suffered serious injuries, according to the report.

The four people in the two other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

FHP said the driver of the Saturn, a 19-year-old Naples man, was cited for careless driving.

The crash shut down southbound I-75 at the accident scene, but the highway was later reopened.

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