Two people from Bradenton were killed in a traffic accident on State Road 70 on Tuesday afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Charlotte Lengerer, 86, was driving a 2011 Mazda sedan when she lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason, causing the car to hit another vehicle, travel through a red light, hit a curb and then collide with several structures.
The woman and her passenger, 87-year old Peter Lengerer, died as a result.
The incident occurred around 12:09 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 70 and 45th Street East, according to FHP.
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The Mazda was traveling westbound in the right lane of State Road 70 when Lengerer steered abruptly, striking a Subaru Forester traveling directly ahead of it.
The Mazda then continued to travel at a high rate of speed through a red light at 45th Street East. The underside of the vehicle struck a curb, and the vehicle then collided with a metal light pole and a pedestrian signal support pole. The vehicle then continued moving in a northwest direction, colliding with a large traffic signal support pole. The car came to a final rest north of the traffic pole.
The driver of the Subaru was uninjured.
Multiple lanes of traffic were blocked on Tuesday afternoon as a result of the crash, according to the Sarasota Manatee Regional Traffic Management Center.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.