A Palmetto woman and two children suffered injuries after a pickup truck was involved in a single-car rollover accident Monday morning, ejecting the two children from the vehicle, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Summer Lonneville, 31, of Palmetto, was cited for careless driving and not wearing a seat belt and received a citation for passengers under 18 not wearing seat belts.
The accident happened at 9:15 a.m. Monday on 69th Street East off U.S. 41 in Palmetto, in front of the Sysco facility on the east shoulder.
According to a release, Lonneville was traveling eastbound on 69th Street East. As she tried to negotiate a curve in the roadway, she moved onto the north shoulder and then steered to the left. The truck’s left front tire struck a concrete median and Lonneville continued across the westbound lane of 69th Street East and then tried to steer the truck to the right. FHP troopers said the left side of the truck struck a road sign located on the south shoulder of the roadway and Lonneville continued to slide and rotate clockwise, where the truck then overturned. Both passengers were ejected onto the south shoulder of 69th Street East, according to FHP troopers.
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According to FHP Trooper Barbara Ehrhart, somebody was airlifted to the hospital and “a female was pinned in truck.” A release issued later revealed Lonneville’s name and that the children passengers were a 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. FHP troopers said Lonneville suffered serious injuries and the children suffered minor injuries.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and North River Fire District responded to the scene and FHP was on scene by 10 a.m.
Two backpacks, a pair of sneakers and a tablet were among the debris surrounding the overturned vehicle.
By 10:20 am, all lanes were reopened to traffic.