SARASOTA, Fla. – Florida troopers are still trying to determine what led up to a single-vehicle crash in Sarasota where all three occupants were not wearing a seat belt or secured in a car seat, officials say.
Around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, the driver of an SUV was heading south on State Road 681 in the left lane, just south of Honore Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver, a 26-year-old woman from Sarasota, lost control of the vehicle.
Investigators said the SUV rotated before traveling off the roadway, overturned, and crashed into a tree and fence.
When troopers arrived, the vehicle was on its roof. The Sarasota driver had serious injuries. An infant inside the vehicle passed away, and a 2-year-old girl had minor injuries.
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Troopers said the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and neither child was in a car seat or wearing a seat belt.
FHP said they are still investigating the cause of the crash.