SUN PHOTO/MAGGIE FIELD
Friends console one another at a makeshift memorial
on the Manatee Avenue bridge for Zane Zavadil and
Ryan Costello, whose car crashed through the railing
Saturday night. Zavadil died and Costello was critically
sun staff writer
BRADENTON Manatee High School students sought
help Monday in dealing with the death of a former student
over the weekend.
Zane Anthony Zavadil, 19, a passenger in an SUV driven
by fellow class of 2005 alumni Ryan Phillip Costello,
19, died when the vehicle went through the concrete
guardrail fence of the Manatee Avenue bridge and plunged
17-feet into the waters of Sarasota Bay.
"Our guidance counselor, district office grief
counselors, area youth pastors and our wrestling coach
met with students in the cafeteria," Manatee High
School Principal Jeff Asher said Monday.
Friends of the popular teen also gathered at the location
on the bridge where the vehicle went through the guardrail,
writing messages to Zavadil on boards put up to temporarily
replace the concrete barrier. Some left flowers and
there was a soccer ball left next to a post.
Zavadil died from his injuries that night and Costello
was airlifted to Blake Medical Center and later transferred
to Tampa General Hospital. He remained there as of Tuesday
morning. Friends of Costello said his condition was
A Florida Highway Patrol report said Costello and Zavadil
were westbound on the bridge when the car jumped the
concrete bumper, slid back across the eastbound lane,
jumped that bumper and went sideways over the concrete
guardrail, landing upside down in the water.
Zavadil was a star wrestler and football player in high
school, according to Asher, and he kept his ties with
his school after he graduated.
"He was just here last Monday night for our wrestling
banquet," Asher said.
Zavadil ranked fourth last year in state Class 2A at
152 pounds. Since graduation, he had attended Sarasota
Technical Institute seeking certification in fire rescue.
His father is a retired Manatee County paramedic.
"It is very difficult when it happens to someone
so young," Asher said. "He had so much life
in front of him and our hearts go out to his parents."
Victor Mattay, owner of Dips Ice Cream Shop, in Anna
Maria, said Zavadil was a friend of his son, Joey, and
came into his shop about once a month.
"He was a very well-mannered and outgoing young
man," said Mattay. "He was a dedicated athlete."
There will be a visitation on Thursday, April 13, from
6-8 p.m. at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 6000 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. A memorial service will be held
at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14, at Westminster Presbyterian
Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton, with Rev. Daniel
Hagmeier officiating. Burial will be at Palma Sola Community