Charges pending in crash on Fruitville Road that involved 8 vehicles

Charges Pending in Fruitville Crash

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Troopers say charges are pending in a crash that involved eight vehicles on Fruitville Road near the I-75 in Sarasota Monday afternoon, snarling traffic for hours.

Troopers say around 3:15pm, 33-year-old Gregory Werner Jr. of Nokomis was driving a semi traveling east on Fruitville in the left lane, approaching a red light at Coburn Road, when he failed to stop, causing a chain reaction crash involving seven other vehicles.

Werner suffered serious injuries and the driver of the vehicle he initially struck, a 71-year-old Sarasota woman driving a Kia Sorento, suffered critical injuries. Her name has not yet been released.

Five other drivers and one passenger suffered minor injuries, while one driver was uninjured.

Florida Highway Patrol says the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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