UPDATE: Hit and Run Fatality Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 14, 2018 -- 12:30 p.m.

Traffic Unit Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are continuing their investigation into a hit and run fatality that occurred on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the 4000 block of Fruitville Road, Sarasota, just before midnight.

Video of the vehicle Officers believe was involved in the hit and run has now been obtained from red light cameras along Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  The video can be seen at https://youtu.be/kXMK7g8x0Zw

The vehicle highlighted in the video is believed to be silver, gray or blue in color with a broken right side headlight and heavy front right front-end damage.  From evidence left at the scene, Officers determined a Mazda 3 Sedan made between 2004 and 2009 was the vehicle involved.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sarasota Police Traffic Unit Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635.

 

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 7, 2018 -- 10:15 a.m.

Traffic Unit Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are continuing their investigation into a hit and run fatality that occurred on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the 4000 block of Fruitville Road, Sarasota, just before midnight.

From evidence left at the scene, Officers have determined a Mazda 3 Sedan made between 2004 and 2009 was the vehicle involved in the hit and run.  The color of the vehicle is unknown at this time.  Next of kin of the victim has been notified.  The victim is Gisela Staino, 36, of Hialeah, Florida.

The investigation remains ongoing.  Officers are searching for a Mazda 3 Sedan with right front-end damage.  Attached is a photo of a similar vehicle to the one Officers are searching for.  This is not the actual vehicle or the color of the vehicle involved in the hit and run.  This photo shows the body style of the vehicle Officers are searching for. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Sarasota Police Traffic Unit Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635.

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Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:17 AM
Subject: Hit and Run Fatality Investigation
Hit and Run Fatality Investigation

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a hit and run fatality in the 4000 block of Fruitville Road that occurred just before midnight on Saturday night.

A preliminary investigation revealed the body of a female was found in the area by a passerby.  Due the evidence found at the scene, the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit was called out to investigate.

At this time, the next of kin of the victim has not been notified.  Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635.

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