Osprey Fatality

Firefighters stand next to what’s left of the car in an early Saturday morning fatal accident on U.S. 41 in Osprey.

OSPREY — A person died early Saturday morning in Osprey on U.S. 41 when their car struck the end of a guardrail, flipped and caught fire, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

When firefighters arrived, the remaining part of the car was found wrapped around the guardrail.

Troopers are still trying determine the identity of the person killed. The FHP report did not indicate the gender of the victim. Because the person’s identity is still unknown, troopers have not been able to notify next of kin or determine where the victim is from.{

The wreck happened at 1:20 a.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Shoreland Drive, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. The motorist was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the inside lane when they approached the intersection of Shoreland Drive.

For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered onto the grass median, with the front of the car eventually colliding with the end of a guardrail, reports stated.

All northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 41 were shut down from Rubens Drive to Shoreland Drive until roughly 9 a.m.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Florida Highway Patrol in helping to determine how and why the wreck happened.

This is an ongoing story, and this newspaper will publish updates as they become available.

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