Sarasota Police Investigating Single Vehicle Fatal Crash

SARASOTA, Fla. -- April 3, 2017 -- 10 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are currently investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred at approximately 2:15am this morning, Monday, April 3, 2017.

A Dodge Journey, a sport utility vehicle, was traveling northbound on Higel Avenue in Sarasota, approaching Siesta Drive, when the driver failed to negotiate a turn in the road.  The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.

There were three (3) occupants inside the vehicle.  A driver, who is a female, and two backseat passengers, a male and female.

One of the backseat passengers, Christopher Tirado, 29 (date of birth 2-7-1988), of Bradenton, died at the scene.  His next of kin has been notified.  The two females, driver and backseat passenger, were both transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Only the driver was wearing a seatbelt.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.