Longboat Key Officer Jeffrey D. Vogt was traveling nearly twice the legal speed limit — 84 miles per hour — on the night he collided with a car carrying the Baranciks
The Longboat Key officer involved in the crash that killed prominent Sarasota philanthropists Charles and Margery Barancik has been fired.
Jeffrey D. Vogt was initially found not to be at fault for the Dec. 18 crash according to a two-month investigation by the Sarasota Police Department. But a subsequent internal investigation by the Longboat Key police found evidence of misconduct that included excessive speed and a violation of in-car video recording equipment policies, according to a statement from Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming.
Vogt was traveling nearly twice the legal speed limit — 84 miles per hour — on the night he collided with a car carrying the Baranciks and was responding to a fire alarm, according to a police investigation.
The investigation also found that Vogt activated emergency lights on his patrol car but not his siren.
Vogt was traveling south in a marked Town of Longboat Key Ford Explorer in the 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when when he collided with a Tesla driven by Charles Barancik.
The Baranciks were leaving their condominium at Bay Isles Association and pulled out behind a passing fire truck. Vogt’s Longboat Key patrol vehicle was close behind.
The impact killed Charles Barancik instantly, while his wife, Margery, who was in the passenger seat, was hospitalized as a "trauma alert" and died of her injuries a day later, according to SPD.
Vogt was hurt, but his injuries were not life-threatening.
Vogt had been a police officer for less than two years, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He joined the Longboat Key Police Department in April 2018 and was certified as a police officer a month later.
Following the investigation, which found that Vogt had violated both the Town Rules and Regulations and Police Department General Orders were sustained, Vogt’s employment was terminated effective March 5.
Vogt had remained on disability/administrative leave from the date of the accident on Dec. 18 until now.
The Barancik family declined to comment for this story.
Cumming declined to comment further, but said he will release the internal affairs report in its entirety Monday, after it has been reviewed by the department’s attorneys.