LAKEWOOD RANCH — Authorities are searching for an elderly woman who has been reported missing after visiting relatives in Lakewood Ranch, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report. Family members of Charlotte R. Gately, 71, have not been able to contact her since she left the Lakewood Ranch Country Club home of her daughter Saturday.
Gately had been visiting her daughter since December and decided to drive back to Massachusetts on Saturday as her family members tried to talk her out of it, according to the sheriff’s report. After two hours, she returned, saying she had gotten lost in Tampa. Gately then left again and has not been seen since.
Gately is thought to be driving a silver four-door Honda Civic. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 747-3011.
Four injured in wrong-way crash
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MANATEE — A woman in a minivan drove down a Palmetto on ramp the wrong way Sunday, causing a crash that left her and three other women seriously injured, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
At around 7 p.m., the woman drove her Dodge mini-van south on the northbound U.S. 19 on ramp at I-275, a mile south of the Sunshine Skyway bridge toll booths.
The minivan — which had a Michigan license plate — collided head-on with a four-door car and mid-size sport utility vehicle on the ramp, causing a wreck that closed the road for nearly two hours. Vehicles headed north on the ramp were turned around south by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducting traffic control.
Emergency personnel airlifted four women from the crash, which included the drivers of all vehicles. Their conditions ranged from serious to critical condition, according to FHP troopers at the scene.
Pedestrian struck in Bradenton
BRADENTON — A pedestrian had to be airlifted Sunday afternoon to an area hospital after colliding with a sport utility vehicle in Bradenton, according to Bradenton police officials.
At around 1 p.m., a 40-year-old man walked into the side of a moving SUV in the 2100 block of 14th Street West, and the impact pulled him under the wheels of the vehicle, according to Bradenton Police Lt. Keith Davis.
The man suffered a broken bone in his leg, and emergency personnel airlifted him to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, according to police. The driver of the SUV was not injured, and will not face charges, Davis said.
Woman punched in robbery
MANATEE — A woman reported being punched in the head Sunday morning by a man who burst into the victim’s motel room and later robbed a second victim who ran during the attack, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
At 12:42 a.m., the 30-year-old victim said a man burst into her room in Baxter’s Motel, in the 3200 block of 14th Street West, and punched her. A 25-year-old man in the room grabbed his cell phone and wallet and fled the room with the attacker giving chase into the parking lot.
The man caught up with the second victim, threatened him with a knife and grabbed the victim’s wallet. He then fled on a bicycle, according to the sheriff’s report. The victims could did not provide a description of their attacker, and it is unclear if they knew him.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 747-3011, or Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.
— Robert Napper