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Sarasota Teen Dies In Single-Car Crash

David Mahoney's SUV drove off the road crashing into a pile of rocks.

An 18-year-old Sarasota resident had died following a crash on Palmer Boulevard after 2 a.m. Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to Palmer Boulevard near Nandina Drive where a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner was found overturned on it's side facing a small creek bed at 2:20 a.m.

The driver of the car, David M. Mahoney, 18 of Sarasota, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Highway Patrol. 

The SUV apparently drifted across the eastbound lane then off the southwest corner of the intersection, traveled off the shoulder and struck a large group of rocks causing the SUV to overturn, according to Highway Patrol.

It's unknown if alcohol was a factor, according to Highway Patrol.

RKV December 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Too much death around the past few days. I need a break:(
Restless Knight December 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
How would the highway patrol NOT know if alcohol was involved?
Charles Schelle (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Toxicology tests are done in every fatal crash and they take sometimes weeks to complete, so FHP marks that area as either Yes, No or Unknown.
Nolan Thor Ladny December 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I still cant believe my best friend is gone.
Kevin Robert Carey December 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Rest in peace David...
alex grodoski December 18, 2012 at 09:41 AM
He did not deserve this! not one bit. RIP David ill never forget you.
Kc Foran December 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
David.... i know, you didnt know me too well brother, but, thanks for being such a good kid. ill never forget saying bye. ill never forget that night i saw you for the last time. we had good times. Rest in peace David. you will be missed <3 and im sorry.
mike mahoney December 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Son, I know how much you enjoyed Christmas time. I know you knew Christ as your lord and saviour and know you had the best christmas ever with Jesus and the heavenly angels. we sure did miss having you here. I love you and miss you. Dad

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