After Saturday’s deadly crash on SR-64 in Bradenton, a County Commissioner is asking FDOT what can be done to improve the intersection.
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on SR-64 near Pope Road.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Chase Coyner was driving a 2012 Honda Accord west on SR-64. He tried to make a left turn onto Pope Road.
He was driving his friend, 15-year-old Matthew Powers, to the homecoming dance at their school, Lakewood Ranch High School.
His parents tell us Chase was not staying at the dance because it was his father’s birthday and he wanted to celebrate it with him.
The official report says Chase did not see a Dodge Ram heading east on SR-64. He drove into the vehicle’s path. The front of the Dodge hit the right side of the Accord.
Chase and Matthew were pronounced dead at the scene.
News Channel 8 has learned the Florida Department of Transportation plans to add a roundabout at the intersection, but construction won’t be complete until 2023.
Manatee County Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace reached out to the state department after the crash to see if the project could be moved up.
“Basically, it is a process that FDOT has to go through. They work throughout the state. Here in Manatee County we may be concerned about one or two intersections. They [FDOT] are concerned about hundreds all over the state,” said Commissioner Whisenant Trace.
Commissioner Whisenant Trace says drivers should use this tragedy as a reminder to slow down and pay attention at all times behind the wheel. She vows to continue to push for safety improvements.
“Best thing when there is an accident [is to] get a picture to me and I will make sure it gets to the person who does the most good,” said Commissioner Whisenant Trace.
News Channel 8’s Amanda Ciavarri: “So basically that answer means we are waiting for the next accident before a solution can come?”
“Unfortunately, I believe that would be a correct assessment,” said Commissioner Whisenant Trace.
To contact Commissioner Whisenant Trace:
The Honorable Priscilla Whisenant Trace
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206
If you would like to voice your concerns to FDOT:
801 N. Broadway Avenue
Bartow, Florida 33830-3809