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Date of Issue: November 03, 2005

One dead, two injured in Holmes Beach crash

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A 77-year-old Bradenton woman died last Thursday around 10:45 a.m. after the car she was driving was struck by a Suzuki sport utility vehicle, then a delivery truck at the Manatee Avenue-East Bay Drive intersection in Holmes Beach.

According to Holmes Beach police, Mary Moore, 77, of the 6500 block of 10th Ave. W. in Bradenton, was driving her 2002 Saturn westbound on Manatee Avenue and attempted to make a left turn onto East Bay Drive with a permissive green light. The vehicle turned into the path of the eastbound Suzuki driven by Maria Bertram, 41, of Holmes Beach.

The Saturn was struck by the Suzuki, sending it into the path of a 2002 International delivery truck driven by John Williams, 34, of Bradenton, who was westbound on Manatee Avenue.

The delivery truck then collided with the driver's side of the Saturn and pushed it off the road onto the northwest corner of the intersection.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.

Bertram and Williams were transported to Blake Medical Center in good condition.

Later, Bertram said she was traveling west on Manatee Avenue at the intersection when Moore turned in front of her, striking her vehicle. Moore then backed up directly into the path of the oncoming truck.

Police said no charges have been filed and the accident is still under investigation.