MANATEE -- Two people were killed and four others were injured in Bradenton early Sunday when the driver of a SUV lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a tree and then into a parking lot, striking two pedestrians, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
About 2:56 a.m., Gaston S. Vega Hernan, 29, was driving a 2007 Nissan Armada north on 30th Street West approaching 46th Avenue West, when he failed to negotiate a curve, drove left of center and into the west shoulder, before striking a tree, according to a news release.
The vehicle overturned and continued in a northeasterly direction, into a parking lot in the 4500 block of 30th Street West, where people had gathered to distribute newspapers, according to the report.
Two pedestrians and a vehicle were struck. The second vehicle was pushed into two other parked vehicles, which struck a building, according to the report.
Vega Hernan and one of this three passengers, Marco Antonio Garcia, 21, were pronounced dead on the scene. Two other passengers in Vega Hernan's vehicle, a 26-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were taken to Blake Medical Center, where they were listed in serious condition, according to FHP.
One of the pedestrians, a 36-year-old woman, was listed in critical condition at Blake. The second pedestrian, a 39-year-old man, was taken to Blake with what were described as minor injuries.
"The two pedestrians were part of a large group of people who gathered at the location to distribute newspapers," FHP said. "The roadway was closed for approximately 5 1/2 hours."
FHP said information about possible intoxication was pending.