MANATEE — A 49-year-old Bradenton man was killed early Sunday after he walked away from a crash on Interstate 75 but then was struck by another vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The chain reaction accident in the northbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 223 started at 12:45 a.m. when the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet SUV traveled off the roadway and onto the inside shoulder. He abruptly steered to the right, crossing over the northbound lanes. He then overcorrected to the left and overturned several times before coming to rest partially in the left and center lanes, according to FHP.
A second vehicle traveling north, a 2008 Chevrolet, struck the rear of the SUV.
After the collision, the driver and passenger in the second vehicle, who both had minor injuries, got out of the car and walked to the inside shoulder of I-75.
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The driver of a third vehicle, a 2009 Nissan, was in the left lane and failed to slow down as it approached the crash scene. The driver veered to the left and traveled off the roadway and onto the inside shoulder and struck the passenger of the second vehicle, FHP said.
George E. Jepsen, 49, of the 2800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, suffered fatal injuries, according to FHP.
The driver of the first vehicle, a 28-year-old Madeira Beach man, suffered serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle, a 29-year-old Sarasota man, suffered minor injuries.
Clerk hurt in robbery at gas station
MANATEE — A female clerk at a gas station was injured early Sunday morning when she was pistol whipped during a robbery, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The robbery happened about 2:45 a.m. at the Uppy’s BP station in the 7200 block of U.S. 41 North.
One of the two suspects threw a bag of peanuts onto the counter, and the clerk rang it up. The suspects then pulled a gun and demanded the clerk open the register. She said she couldn’t since she had just rung up the peanuts, according to the sheriff’s office.
The other suspect then went behind the counter and also demanded she open the register. The gunman then pulled the gun’s trigger several times, but it did not fire, the sheriff’s office said.
The other suspect then took the gun and hit the clerk on the left side of her head. He then opened a cabinet and grabbed a carton of cigarettes. The two suspects then fled.
Paramedics treated the clerk for her injuries on the scene.
The first suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds, with short black hair. The second suspect was described as standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds.
They were both wearing all black clothing.
Man loses van to two carjackers
MANATEE — Two assailants carjacked a man’s minivan early Sunday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The 24-year-old victim was arriving at his residence at the Oakwood apartments in the 900 block of 21st Street East, Palmetto, when he was approached from behind by the two suspects. They told him to empty his pockets and set the items on the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.
Once he did this, they told him to walk toward the laundry room of the apartment complex. As he walked away, the suspects got in the van and drove out of the complex, the sheriff’s office said.
The victim was not injured.
The first suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants. The second suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue beanie, white shirt and blue shorts, according to the sheriff’s office.
Cars at rehabilitation center damaged by vandals
MANATEE — The cars of several Manatee Springs Care and Rehabilitation Center employees were vandalized shortly after noon Saturday at the center at 5627 Ninth St. E., Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
A Chevrolet Impala and a Toyota Camry were both keyed in several places and “egged,” according to a sheriff’s report.
A Chrysler Concorde LXi was keyed in several places but was not egged, the report adds.
Heart Groves in Duette hit by thieves
MANATEE — Someone broke into Heart Groves at 47155 State Road 62 in Duette over the weekend and stole 500 gallons of gasoline from a storage tank, according the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspects, who got into the grove by cutting the locked gate hinges, also removed an air compressor that was stored in a locked chemical room, according to a sheriff’s report.
Jewelry artist is victim of theft at sale on Island
MANATEE — A Manatee County jewelry artist recently reported the loss of roughly $3,000 worth of beaded jewelry at an art sale at Anna Maria Island in mid-October, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The artist was selling goods at the art sale when perpetrators somehow walked off with a canvas bag filled with jewelry she always keeps next to her booth, the report states.
Freedom Elementary targeted by juveniles
MANATEE — Two juveniles walked into Freedom Elementary School on Friday and began trying to get into locked classrooms, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
While they were trying the doors to the classrooms, they were discovered by a custodian, the report states.
When approached by the custodian, the juveniles and fled on foot out of the school.
Another custodian attempted to stop the juveniles near the school parking lot, but was un- successful, the report states.
Both juveniles left the scene on BMX bikes prior to the arrival of sheriff’s deputies, according to the report.
— Marc R. Masferrer and Richard Dymond
Police briefs are compiled from reports from law enforcement agencies and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Those with information about crimes can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).
Electric golf cart stolen at Tradewinds
MANATEE — An electric golf cart was stolen at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Tradewinds residential community at 5917 14th St. W., according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
There were no witnesses to the theft, but the sheriff’s office has entered the golf cart’s serial number in Florida’s computer database used to track motor vehicles, a report stated.