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Crash investigation completed following fatal crash on Longboat Key in December
The fatal traffic crash investigation conducted by the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit involving two vehicles that happened on Longboat Key on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 is completed. The Sarasota Police Department has a memorandum of understanding with the Town of Longboat Key to assist with any serious or fatal crash investigations.
The crash investigation concluded that a marked patrol vehicle from the Town of the Longboat Key Police Department, driven by a Longboat Key police officer Jeffrey Vogt, was traveling south in the 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when the marked patrol car collided with a Tesla. Vogt applied his brakes and attempted to steer his patrol car to avoid the crash.
The Tesla was driven by Charles Barancik, 91, of Longboat Key. Charles’ wife, Margery Barancik, 83, of Longboat Key, was a passenger in the vehicle. Charles died the night of the crash and Margery died the next day as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Vogt was responding to a fire alarm call with the patrol car emergency lights activated. The siren was not activated. There was construction equipment on the north side of the intersection that blocked the view of both drivers. The crash investigation showed Charles was at fault for violating the right of way of the patrol car.
The crash report is attached at CRASH 19-079277_Redacted . As a courtesy, the $5 crash report fee has been waived.