Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Report

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Police Report

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Motorcyclist hurt in Venice crash

VENICE -- A Sarasota motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle and hit another vehicle, The Florida Highway Patrol reports.

According to reports, Gene Slivka, 32, of Sarasota was southbound about 4:16 p.m. on his motorcycle on Shamrock Drive, approaching the intersection with Ringtail Road, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Slivka's motorcycle fell on its side and slid into an oncoming van driven by Jennifer Quintel, 34, of Sarasota.

Slivka suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Quintel was not injured in the accident, which remains under investigation.

School bus crash on Midnight Pass

SARASOTA COUNTY -- There were no injuries Tuesday afternoon when a car rear-ended a school bus on Midnight Pass Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

According to reports, Joshua C. Wolff, 18, of Sarasota, was northbound about 4:15 p.m. on Midnight Pass Road, north of Derby Lane, when he failed to notice a school bus stopped ahead for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Wolf struck the rear of the bus, driven by Rene Azich, 53, of Sarasota.

Neither Wolff, Azich, nor 10 passengers on the school bus suffered injuries in the accident.

Wolff was charged with careless driving.

Seasonal warning on drunken driving

The Florida Highway Patrol wants to remind people celebrating spring break in the Sunshine State to not drive drunk.

More citations for driving under the influence are issued in March than in any other month, FHP reports. Preliminary data show that more than 15 crashes each day in March 2016 involved drivers who had blood alcohol levels that indicated they were intoxicated.

The FHP is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, AAA and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to spread the message "Arrive Alive, Don't Drink and Drive. …

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