Crash on I-75 in Sarasota kills two Fort Myers women

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Two Fort Myers women were killed and one was seriously injured in a four-car crash on I-75 in Sarasota Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The four vehicles involved were headed north on I-75 near mile marker 205. Drivers started to slow down for traffic ahead when the driver of a GMC Yukon failed to slow down and slammed into the rear of a 2018 Nissan Altima in the center lane, pushing it into the right lane where it hit an Infiniti G37 and then into the guardrail, FHP said.

The Yukon continued ahead into traffic crashing into the rear of a fourth car, a Toyota Rav4.

Nakesha Mitchell, 35, of Fort Myers who was driving the Nissan was taken to Doctors Hospital where she died from her injuries. One of her passengers, Deshondra Gary, 24, of Fort Myers died at the scene of the crash. A second passenger, a 37-year-old woman, is in critical condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, FHP said.

The three other drivers and two other passengers ended up with minor injuries including a 1-year-old who was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Charges are pending.

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