Fatal early morning accident in Manatee County
MANATEE COUNTY - One person is dead, while another is injured in an early morning accident in east Manatee County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi driven by 48– yr –old Ernesto Mendoza eastbound on SR 70 approaching Mobley Pond Rd. A Honda CRV was westbound in the eastbound lane. The Honda struck the semi head on. After the impact, the Honda spun around, and was left facing in the wrong direction, while the semi continued on before catching fire. The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene, but the identification is awaiting notification of next of kin.
Both directions of traffic were shutdown for a time after the accident, which remains under investigation