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One Killed in Accident on U.S. 301 in Sarasota, Florida

December 13, 2019

SARASOTA, FL- writes that one person died in a crash in Sarasota, Florida. The multiple-vehicle crash involved five vehicles and killed one person. The incident began when a 38-year-old man operating a 2001 Ford van failed to slow down in time for the heavy traffic.*

The van hit a 1997 Chevrolet 1500, pushing that vehicle into a 2000 Toyota. The Toyota then struck a 2010 Ford Mustang causing the Mustang to collide with a 2019 Dodge Ram. 

The crash killed the 40-year-old woman who was operating the Chevrolet. A 44-year-old woman in the passenger seat of the Chevrolet sustained severe injuries in the crash as well, and responders rushed her to the Blake Medical Center, along with the 35-year-old woman operating the Toyota. 

The individuals driving the Mustang and the Ram also sustained injuries.

The crash shut down the road hours while the police investigated, and responders cleared the scene. 

Officers cited the man driving the van for careless driving. 

Multiple-vehicle crashes often take place on roadways that are crowded and where vehicles move at high speeds. When vehicles are so closely packed together, one mistake can set off a chain reaction crash. 

When it comes to rear-end accidents, driver inattention is the most likely cause. Distracted driving can be deadly. Rear-end accidents are often minor fender benders, but they kill about 1,700 people each year and are entirely preventable. While getting drivers to pay attention to the road and slow down would drastically reduce the number of these accidents, another way in which to reduce these crashes is with crash avoidance technology. Newer cars will automatically brake for the absent-minded driver, thereby lowering the number of these tragic wrecks. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at

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