Cape Coral Police Department Makes Arrest in Injury Crash

Cape Coral Police Department Makes Arrest in Injury Crash

(May 31, 2016)-  The at-fault driver in an injury crash with multiple injuries last night has been arrested.

Last night around 9:45 PM, Cape Coral Police Department responded to an injury crash at the intersection of Nicholas Parkway E. and Academy Boulevard.

Upon arrival, Officers found multiple people injured in the 2-car crash, some with injuries initially believed to be life-threatening.  Major Crash Investigator and Forensics personnel responded to assist with the investigation.  A Ping4 alert was sent to warn drivers and residents in the area.

Investigation revealed that the driver of the at-fault vehicle was impaired.  A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested on multiple charges.

ARRESTED: Gentree Jamal Hough, B/M, 10/07/1991, of 601 SE 13th Street, Cape Coral, Florida. CHARGES: DUI, 3 counts of DUI Causing Property Damage (Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2, traffic pole), 4 counts of DUI Causing Personal Injury (driver V2, front passenger V2, rear passenger V2, front passenger V1)

ARRESTED: Gentree Jamal Hough, B/M, 10/07/1991, of 601 SE 13th Street, Cape Coral, Florida.
CHARGES: DUI, 3 counts of DUI Causing Property Damage (Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2, traffic pole), 4 counts of DUI Causing Personal Injury (driver V2, front passenger V2, rear passenger V2, front passenger V1)

ARRESTED: Gentree Jamal Hough, B/M, 10/07/1991, of 601 SE 13th Street, Cape Coral, Florida.
CHARGES: DUI, 3 counts of DUI Causing Property Damage (Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2, traffic pole), 4 counts of DUI Causing Personal Injury (driver V2, front passenger V2, rear passenger V2, front passenger V1)

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: May 30, 2016
TIME: 21:44 PM
LOCATION: Intersection Academy Boulevard/Nicholas Parkway
CR#: 16-008770
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. Andrew Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: Gray 2011 Nissan Juke.
DRIVER 1 : Gentree Jamal Hough, B/M, 10/07/1991, of 601 SE 13th Street, Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Hough suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 1: Trevor C. Wright, B/M, 9/27/1988, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Wright suffered multiple serious injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 2: Douglas S. Spruill, B/M, 07/14/1990, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: Spruill suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

VEHICLE 2: White 2014 Kia Soul.
DRIVER 2: Joseph F. Cowan, W/M, 7/8/1961, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Cowan suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 1: Francine Schroeder, W/F, 4/25/1963, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Schroeder suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 2: Jeanine M. Schroeder, W/F, 6/28/1986, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: Schroeder suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS:  Vehicle 1 was traveling north on Academy Boulevard approaching the intersection with Nicholas Parkway.  Vehicle 2 was traveling south on Cultural Park Boulevard approaching the intersection with Nicholas Parkway. Vehicle 1 entered the left turn lane on Academy Boulevard and came to a stop at a red light.  When the traffic light for Vehicle 2 changed to a solid green, Vehicle 2 proceeded south, into the intersection.

According to a witness and evidence, Vehicle 1 had a solid green (straight, not turn arrow) light.  Vehicle 1 then turned into the path of Vehicle 2. The front right of Vehicle 1 collided with the front of Vehicle 2. Vehicle 1 remained in the center of the roadway at final rest and Vehicle 2 was redirected to the southwest corner of the intersection where it drove off the roadway and struck a pedestrian crossing light pole and then came to final rest.

The right front passenger of Vehicle 1 suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention.  All other occupants in both vehicles suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. 

MCI officers Satterlee, D. Gray, Forensics personnel, and DRE Officer Carson responded.  During the investigation, the injuries to the right front passenger were determined to not be life threatening.  Upon direction from Officer Satterlee, DRE Carson completed a DUI investigation on scene.  Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined that the driver of Vehicle 1 was impaired at the time of the traffic crash, and arrested.  At the Cape Coral Police Department the driver of Vehicle 1 gave a voluntary breath test with results showing 0.116 (3.5 hours AFTER the traffic crash).  The driver of Vehicle 1 was charged with the following charges;

  1. DUI
  2. 3 counts of DUI Causing Property Damage (Vehicle 1, Vehicle 2, traffic pole)
  3. 4 counts of DUI Causing Personal Injury (driver V2, front passenger V2, rear passenger V2, front passenger V1)

The next-of-kin HAS BEEN contacted.  This traffic crash IS alcohol/drug related. 

***There are 4 traffic fatalities and 14 MCI usages in our city in 2016. (There are 0 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 0 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 6 years FYI:

  • 2016: 4 Traffic fatalities, 2 DUI related (14 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 0 medical ruled death)
  • 2015: 13 Traffic fatalities, 9 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2014: 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2013: 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2012: 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)

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