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Longboat officer fired following fatal crash

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Longboat Key Police Officer Jeffrey Vogt was terminated March 5 following an internal investigation by Longboat Police Department after a crash that left two residents dead. 

Longboat Key philanthropists Charles and Margery Barancik died after their car was struck as it exited their En Provence residence on south Longboat Key by Officer Vogt who was responding to a fire alarm on Dec. 18, 2019.

Following a two-month investigation by the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Homicide Division, Officer Vogt was found not at fault in the crash. The investigation revealed that the Baranciks exited their property and turned left heading north on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Vogt was heading southbound at a speed of 84 mph in the 45 mph zone when he applied his brakes and attempted to avoid crashing into the Baranciks.

The investigation posited that construction equipment left on the side of the roadway blocked the view of both drivers. Ultimately, the investigation determined that Charles Barancik, 91, was at fault for violating the right-of-way of the patrol car.

Following the conclusion of the Sarasota Police Department, Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming ordered an internal investigation on Feb. 5, 2020 to determine if there were any policy violations relating to the fatal accident.

Charles Barancik died the night of the crash, and his wife, Margery, 83, died the next day in Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The Longboat Key Police Department internal investigation revealed, according to Chief Cumming, “Evidence of officer misconduct involving excessive speed and in-car video recording equipment policies.”

The Town in its Rules and Regulations and Police Department General Orders states that officers must keep video recording equipment on from the beginning to the end of an incident. Also, officers must not travel in excess of 35 mph over the posted limit

Chief Cumming said, “The Town and Police Department takes these types of policy violation seriously, and adherence to emergency response policies and supervision of officers will continue to be a priority moving forward.”

Officer Vogt has been on disability/administrative leave from the date of the accident through the date of his termination. Officer Vogt suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Baranciks founded their philanthropic foundation in 2014 and the foundation has given millions of dollars to education, environmental initiatives, medical research and the arts.

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1 Response for “Longboat officer fired following fatal crash”

  1. Sunny Gravy says:

    Chief Cumming did the right thing by firing this Officer after he was exonerated by the the Sarasota Police Department.

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