SARASOTA, Fla. -- March 21, 2016 -- 2:15 p.m.
Officers with the Sarasota Police Department continuing to investigate a single-vehicle accident involving a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. today in the westbound lanes of University Parkway between Old Bradenton Road and DeSoto Road in Sarasota. Three victims are deceased. A fourth person survived and was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with injuries and is expected to survive.
Driver: Wesley C. McCurley, DOB 3/17/1995 (age 21), of Sarasota
Passenger: Michael P. Duffy, DOB 9/27/1994 (age 21), of Sarasota
Passenger: Dane W. Custer, DOB 4/13/1994 (age 21), of Bradenton
Passenger: Thomas Bentley, DOB 3/21/1995 (he turns 21 today), of Sarasota
At this time, Officers believe the vehicle was traveling westbound on University Parkway at a high rate of speed and for an unknown reason left the road, went over the curb and struck several trees. Currently it’s unknown what caused the crash. Officers do believe speed was a factor. It’s unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor. Toxicology tests will be conducted by the Medical Examiner to determine if drugs and alcohol were a factor. These tests can take several weeks.