Sarasota, Florida – It was a little after 11 p.m. on Sunday when a passenger in a red pickup truck passed out on a beachfront condo balcony.
The driver had been driving at a high speed when the truck suddenly slammed into the balcony railing, sending the truck flying through the air and into the water.
The vehicle came to rest on its side, with no survivors.
More than an hour later, a man, a 55-year-old man, was seen walking through the front door of his apartment building.
He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“This is not an isolated incident.
We have a history of people being seriously injured by the use of a vehicle,” said Sarasota Police Chief David Bridgett.
Bridgett told the Tampa Bay Times that he was unsure if the driver was intoxicated.
He said that the truck driver is not cooperating with police.
He declined to say if the truck was used in other attacks, but said that police were “looking into that possibility.”
In Sarasota’s Gulf Coast, the incident sparked outrage on social media, with many criticizing the city for not responding immediately.
“The city of Sarasota needs to be more proactive in responding to such a serious accident,” tweeted one local resident, who did not want to be identified.
“What a shame,” wrote another.
“What a waste of money.
We should be taking more steps to prevent such things from happening.”
Another person who called 911 to report the incident posted, “This is the kind of stupidity that happens in every city, and they should be ashamed.”
Police said that there was no evidence of a weapon or alcohol involved in the crash, and no arrests have been made.
The crash has also been criticized by some in Sarasota who said that it could have been avoided if people had been more aware of how dangerous it can be to drive on the beach.
Sarasotans, many of whom live in coastal communities, have become accustomed to seeing vehicles driving on their beaches.
On Saturday, a group of six vehicles, including a minivan, were involved in a crash that killed an elderly woman and seriously injured four other people in the town of Sarasotas, just a short drive from the scene of Sunday’s crash.
Some residents, however, were quick to criticize the city’s response to the accident.
“I think it was just a stupid thing to do,” said one woman, who declined to give her name.
“We’ve been here a long time.
We’re used to this, and it’s just not right.”