(July 21, 2015)- A late-afternoon crash involving a truck vs. a local pool hall yesterday has injured two people and killed one.
Yesterday around 5:00 PM, Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral Fire Department , and EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash at Diamond Billiards located at 1242 SW Pine Island Rd.
Responders found that a large Ford F-250 Pickup truck had crashed into the business. The crash injured two people (Tracy Marie Booker, 52 and Linda Girard, 58) and pinned a third against the bar inside the business (Ronald P. Gravel, 60). All three were treated on scene by Cape Coral Fire Department and EMS and were transported to local hospitals. Gravel later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the vehicle is identified as William Henry Gulliver, 75, of St. James City, FL. Gulliver was transported to a local hospital for observation.
Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, Victim Advocate, and Public Affairs responded to the scene to assist.
This crash is alcohol-related. The investigation is ongoing at this time and criminal charges are pending.
The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:
DATE: July 20, 2015
TIME: 4:56 pm
LOCATION: Diamond Billiards, 1242 SW Pine Island Road
MCI ASSIGNED: M/Cpl. Andrew Satterlee
VEHICLE 1: 2000 black Ford F-250 truck.
DRIVER 1: William Henry Gulliver, W/M, 75, of St. James City, FL.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Gulliver suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.
PEDESTRIAN 1: Ronald P. Gravel, W/M, 60, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Gravel died due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.
PEDESTRIAN 2: Tracy Marie Booker, W/F, 52, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 2 INJURIES: Booker suffered severe injuries.
PEDESTRIAN 3: Linda Girard, W/F, 58, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 3 INJURIES: Girard suffered minor injuries.
SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was parked in the parking lot of Diamond Billiards, 1242 SW Pine Island Road, facing the building. The driver entered the vehicle and after several minutes, drove forward at a high rate of speed. Vehicle 1 drove through the front windows of the business, through the interior, and caused the front of the vehicle to strike the main bar area head-on. At the time of the traffic crash, three patrons were seated at the bar directly in the vehicles path. Vehicle 1 struck all three, with two being trapped between the bar and vehicle.
Pedestrian 1 and Pedestrian 2 were trauma alerted to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Pedestrian 1 died at the hospital from injuries. Pedestrian 2 is listed in stable but serious condition. Pedestrian 3 and the driver of Vehicle 1 were transported to another local hospital. Pedestrian 3 suffered minor injuries. The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered no injuries.
Due to injuries, M/Cpl. Satterlee, Forensics personnel, and a Victim Advocate responded. This traffic crash IS alcohol related. The next of kin HAS BEEN notified. This case is pending further criminal investigation.
***There are 10 traffic fatalities and 29 MCI usages in our city in 2015. (There are 1 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 1 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***
Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:
- 2015: 10 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (29 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 death)
- 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)
- 2010: 9 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (22 MCI usages)