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Sarasota Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 1 month ago

Two killed in separate Sarasota crashes

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Identity of one victim, an Osprey man, has been released. The other victim remains unidentified, pending family notification.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

Two people were killed overnight in separate traffic crashes in Sarasota, the Florida Highway Patrol reported on Wednesday.

In the first crash, which took place at 12:50 a.m. on South Shade Avenue at Grove Street, a 60-year-old passenger in a Honda Civic driven by a Sarasota man was killed. The Florida Highway Patrol reported the Civic, which was northbound on Shade Avenue, turned left to Grove Street and collided with a southbound Ford Explorer. The driver of the Civic and the driver of the Explorer sustained minor injuries. The identity of the passenger has not been released, pending family notification. 

The FHP said charges are pending the completion of an ongoing investigation.

In the second crash, reported at 3:55 a.m. on Tamiami Trail at Bay Street, a Chevy Impala, driving north, crossed a curbed median and the southbound lanes and crashed into a traffic signal pole on the southbound side of the road. The victim was identified as Michael Allen Sanders, 48, of Osprey.

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