WHITFIELD, Fla. (WFLA) — A man from Palmetto was killed in a DUI crash near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport early Sunday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened at the intersection of US-41 and Braden Avenue at around 2:35 a.m.
According to a FHP release, a pickup truck carrying two men from Palmetto was turning left onto Braden Avenue when they were t-boned by another pickup truck.
The first truck drove onto the shoulder of US-41 and came to a stop after hitting a traffic light pole. The second truck rotated and stopped in the intersection.
FHP said the 39-year-old Palmetto passenger was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The 35-year-old driver was seriously hurt and taken to the hospital. FHP said charges are pending for the driver.
The driver of the second pickup truck – Fernando Buenavista-Gomez, 41 – was arrested for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. He and his passenger – a 38-year-old Bradenton man – sustained minor injuries in the crash.
FHP said they are still investigating the crash.