SARASOTA, Fla. – June 11, 2015 – 9 a.m.
This morning, Thursday, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Malik Clyburn, 19, of 3031 Bunch Street, Sarasota, turned himself into police and confessed to being the driver of the vehicle that hit and killed Michael Wright, 48, on Tuesday evening. The vehicle involved in the crash was a 2012 4-door, Kia Optima, gray in color.
Clyburn is scheduled to have his first court appearance at 1 p.m. today at the Sarasota County Jail. Please contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Division if you plan to attend at 941-861-4005.
Clyburn has been charged with:
• Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in Death (Felony)
• Driving while License Suspended with Knowledge (Misdemeanor)
The Sarasota Police Department wants to thanks our media partners as well as those who shared the video and photos on social media. Officers credit the sharing of this information quickly contributed to identifying the suspect in this case.
Clyburn is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $20,120 bond. There is a $20,000 bond for the Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in Death charge and $120 bond for the Driving while License Suspended with Knowledge charge.
SARASOTA, Fla. – June 10, 2015 – 7:45 a.m.
Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect vehicle in a deadly hit and run crash that happened at the intersection of 17th Street and U.S. 301 in Sarasota on Tuesday at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Officers believe that the victim, Michael Wright, 48, of Sarasota, (DOB 7-10-1966), was crossing U.S. 301 at 17th Street in his wheelchair, in the crosswalk, when he was struck by an unknown type of vehicle. There are no witnesses who have come forward at this time and officers have little information in the case. Wright passed away this morning due to injuries sustained in the crash.
There is a red light camera at the intersection of 17th Street and U.S. 301. Officers are working to retrieve that video from the red light camera company however it could take several weeks.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Officer Kevin Schafer at 941-366-8000 ext. 7870 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com