49-year-old man dies in fatal crash on I-75 at Fruitville Road

49-year-old man dies in fatal crash on I-75 at Fruitville Road
First Alert Traffic: On-ramp closed on I-75 at Fruitville Road following a traffic crash (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A 49-year old man has died after being involved in a fatal traffic crash on Wednesday at the intersection of I-75 at Fruitville Road.

Troopers say the crash took place around 3:25 p.m. The driver of a 2020 Dodge vehicle was traveling southbound on the on-ramp on I-75 when the driver pulled over in the grass to readjust supplies within the bed of the truck.

According to troopers, three people in the truck, including 18-year-old Leon Keith, 27-year-old Marquis Jones, and 22-year-old Reonte Scott, all of Fort Myers, got out of the vehicle to make the adjustments.

John Algar, 49, was driving a 2014 Nissan van, and traveling directly behind the Dodge. Troopers say Algar attempting to merge onto the interstate when he struck the right rear of the Dodge with the front of his van.

Troopers say the Dodge was pushed forward and rotated counterclockwise within the grassy area. The three men were hit by the Dodge as it was moving and rotating after being struck by the van.

Algar was transported to Doctors Hospital of Sarasota where he was later pronounced deceased.

Keith and Jones suffered minor injuries while Scott suffered serious injuries. All three were taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Troopers say charges are pending as they complete their investigation of what they are calling a traffic homicide crash.

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