PORT CHARLOTTE — Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle on the corner of U.S. 41 and Edgewater Drive in Charlotte Harbor caught fire early Sunday morning and burnt down after a truck crashed onto the building.

A Punta Gorda man, 32, was driving a pickup truck southbound on U.S. 41 approaching Edgewater around 2 a.m. when he veered off the road and across the driveway and grass area of the neighboring Circle K Gas Station, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. 

The driver then struck a raised concrete curb, going airborne, hitting the Fishin Franks building, overturning and landing on the roof of the building. 

As a result of the crash, the vehicle and Fishin Franks caught on fire.

The FHP suspects that alcohol was involved in the crash. The case remains under investigation with charges pending. 

The driver is currently in serious condition after being airlifted to a hospital. The name of the hospital is not being released.

This is a developing story, and more will be added as we learn more.


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