2 die in Venice head-on crash

SARASOTA -- Two North Port residents were killed in a head-on crash when one of them drove the wrong way on North River Road in Venice, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

About 9:12 p.m. Thursday, Avery Britt Dillard, 46, was driving south in the northbound lanes of North River Road north of Venice Avenue, when he collided head-on with a northbound car driven by Michael Walton Rabbitt, 25, according to a FHP report.

Dillard was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rabbitt later died at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.