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Englewood man facing mutliple charges after Thanksgiving crash

Four-car crash results in arrest.

Four-car crash results in arrest.

Updated Wednes­day, Dec. 2 with deputy’s condition.

Cor­rec­tion 6 p.m. Mon­day, Nov. 30: The Ninja was the vehi­cle stopped for the vio­la­tion; the Tun­dra is the vehi­cle that struck the Tacoma.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured and an Engle­wood man is fac­ing charges fol­low­ing a four-car crash Thurs­day night on South McCall Road at Edi­son Drive, near Mama’s Ital­ian Restaurant.

Deputy Eric Knapp, 58, of Venice was taken to Bayfront Health Port Char­lotte with what was described as a seri­ous injury. Tues­day, CCSO reported Knapp was out of the hos­pi­tal but not cleared to return to duty.

John Gre­gory McMor­row, 49, of 348 W. Went­worth St., was arrested and charged with Dri­ving Under the Influ­ence of Alcohol/Personal Injury to Another, DUI/Property Dam­age and Vio­la­tion of the Move Over Law. He was released on $28,000 bond.

McMor­row was uninjured.

Accord­ing to the Florida High­way Patrol report, McMor­row was headed west on South McCall Road about 7:45 p.m. Thurs­day when his 2012 Toy­ota Tacoma struck a Char­lotte County Sheriff’s patrol car – a 2011 Ford Crown Vic­to­ria – that was parked in the north shoul­der, emer­gency lights flash­ing, while con­duct­ing a traf­fic stop.

The impact caused the patrol car’s emer­gency lights to stop work­ing, and another vehi­cle, a 2010 Toy­ota Tun­dra, struck the Tacoma, caus­ing the the Tun­dra to over­turn. The impact pushed the Toy­ota Tacoma into a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja dri­ven by Jacob Michael Barone, 18, of Engle­wood, the vehi­cle that had been stopped for a violation.Barone was not injured.

The Tun­dra was dri­ven by Amy Mar­tin, 36, of Port Char­lotte. One of her pas­sen­gers, Ken­neth Swal­low, 74, of Port Char­lotte, was taken to Sara­sota Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal with minor injuries. A 5-year-old in the Tun­dra was unhurt.


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2 responses to “Englewood man facing mutliple charges after Thanksgiving crash”

  1. gary470

    11 / 30 / 2015
    11:00 am

    The Ninja was the vehi­cle that was pulled over . The other Toy­ota pickup col­lided with the Tacoma .

    Gary Gul­lotta
    Gullotta’s Towing

  2. Mark Chapman

    11 / 30 / 2015
    5:56 pm


    Thanks. The FHP report was very con­fus­ing, didn’t label the vehi­cles like they usu­ally do…

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