MANATEE COUNTY - An Arcadia woman is dead and another man injured following an early Monday morning crash on the interstate.
It happened around 3:45am in the southbound lanes of I-75 in Bradenton. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Hector Gomez of Arcadia was driving his Jeep southbound and failed to follow a curve in the road.
The vehicle crashed through three fences and several small trees near the water tower, and came to a rest on its side.
Gomez suffered serious injuries and was taken to Blake Trauma Center in Bradenton. His passenger, 34-year-old Maria Garza, died at the scene.
Charges are pending.