Friday morning crash injures two

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG Two people were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers Friday following a crash at the intersection of State Road 776 and Gulfstream Boulevard in Englewood.

By CLINTON BURTON    ASSISTANT ENGLEWOOD EDITOR

ENGLEWOOD — A twovehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 776 and Gulfstream Boulevard Friday morning resulted in the hospitalization of two locals.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, around 11:19 a.m., Judith A. Bruck, 66, of Englewood, was headed north driving a 2006 Jeep Commander in the left turn lane of Gulfstream Boulevard approaching S.R. 776.

At the same time, a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 60-year-old Dennis B. Phillips of Englewood was traveling in the eastbound lane of S.R. 776, approaching the Gulfstream Boulevard intersection.

According to the report, Bruck stopped at the stop sign and did not see Phillips coming toward her, and then turned onto S.R. 776 in front of Phillips. Phillips tried to stop to avoid a collision, but Bruck’s vehicle struck the left front part of the truck.

When Charlotte County Fire/EMS arrived at the scene, both drivers appeared to have sustained traumatic injuries and a call was put out for two airlift helicopters, according to Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins-Garland.

When the first chopper arrived, Phillips was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, but, according to the FHP report, he sustained only minor injuries.

Bruck, whose injuries were listed as serious in the report, was taken by ambulance to Lee Memorial.

Hawkins-Garland said the helicopters were coming from two different locations and, when the determination was made Bruck could be driven to the hospital in about the same amount of time as waiting for the helicopter, the decision was made to take her by ambulance.

Both drivers reportedly were wearing their seat belts.

Bruck was cited for violation of right of way from a stop sign, the FHP report stated.

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Judith A. Bruck, 66, of Englewood, turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle in a 2006 Jeep Commander at the intersection of State Road 776 and Gulfstream Boulevard in Englewood Friday morning. Both drivers were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers. Brock sustained serious injuries, while the other driver’s injuries were minor, according to the FHP.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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