Lawn worker killed by vehicle on McIntosh Road

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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:37 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a lawn maintenance worker that was struck by a vehicle while he mowed along McIntosh Road Monday morning.

It happened shortly after 8am just north of the entrance to the Stoneybrook community.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 51-year-old Edward Pantera was headed eastbound on McIntosh when the collision occurred.

Pantera says that his vision was impaired by the sun's glare as the road curved left, causing his truck to veer into the left curb and hit the victim in the median.

Pantera was charged with Careless Driving.

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old John McMahon of Sarasota.

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1 comment:

  • TerryL posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    TerryL Posts: 1

    We drive home on that road on many mornings, and in fact, were headed home that way just after the police had arrived at the scene. The "excuse" of the "sun was in my eyes" is not credible, given that McIntosh is heavily tree lined in the median and the east side of the road, and the sun was obviously rising out of the east at that time. This accident should have been more thoroughly investigated, as anyone who drives on that road knows that the lawn companies are out there frequently, the speed limit is only 40MPH (which is rarely observed) and that one must be careful while driving around the lawn crews.

     

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