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UPDATE: Bicyclist Died Due to Medical Event, Not Crash

(November 23, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators and the Medical Examiner have determined that bicyclist who was found laying in the road early yesterday morning died of natural causes and not as a result of a traffic crash.

It was determined that the driver suffered a medical problem while riding his bicycle and fell, causing a minor superficial head injury.  There is no evidence of any other event.

An initial traffic crash report was completed, but the death will be updated as "MEDICAL" and not a traffic fatality.  The next of kin has been updated on the results of the autopsy.

Original release link below:

Cape Coral Police Investigating Early-Morning Fatality Crash Involving Bicyclist

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Investigating Early-Morning Fatality Crash Involving Bicyclist

(November 22, 2014)-  Just before 6:00 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to a serious injury crash in the 4700 block of Palm Tree Boulevard.

A passerby located a bicyclist laying in the roadway with an apparent head injury.  The bicyclist was trauma-alerted to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigators and Forensics responded to the scene.  Major Crash Investigation is ongoing.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: November 22, 2014
TIME: 5:54 am
LOCATION: Intersection of Palm Tree Boulevard/SE 47 Terrace
CR#: 14-018638
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1 (V-1): Black Schwinn bicycle.
DRIVER 1 (D-1): Andrew N. Desumma, W/M, 56, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Desumma died at the hospital.

SYNOPSIS: At 5:54 AM, a passerby observed a bicyclist lying on his right side still on the bicycle, in the middle of the intersection at SE 47 Terrace and Palm Tree Boulevard.  The male rider was not conscious and had suffered a head injury (no helmet).  The bicyclist was trauma alerted to a nearby hospital where he was declared deceased at 6:42 AM.

MCI Satterlee and Forensics Specialist Buckner responded.  It is unknown if this traffic crash is alcohol/drug  related.  The next-of-kin HAS notified.  Due to the nature of traffic crash, a major crash investigation is being conducted.

This traffic crash closed down the intersection of SE 47 Terrace/Palm Tree Boulevard for approximately one and a half hours.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Cape Coral Police Investigating 3-Vehicle Serious Injury Crash

(November 22, 2014)-  Last night around 7:30 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash in the 100 block of NE Pine Island Road.  The crash was a "chain reaction" that occurred when the first vehicle collided into the second, which in turn hit the third.

Investigation revealed that the crash was alcohol/drug-related.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: November 21, 2014
TIME: 7:26 PM
LOCATION: 100 block NE Pine Island Road
CR#: 14-018620
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1 (V-1): Yellow 2006 Ford Ranger truck.
DRIVER 1 (D-1): Scott Randall Martin, W/M, 51, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Martin was originally unresponsive until reaching the hospital.

VEHICLE 2 (V-2): Black Honda Accord 2-door car.
DRIVER 2 (D-2): Demetrios Gonis, W/M, 67, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Gonis suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.

VEHICLE 3 (V-3): Silver Oldsmobile Intrigue 4-door car.
DRIVER 3 (D-3): Frank J. Lesicko, W/M, 58, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 3 INJURIES: Lesicko suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER: Alice Netzley, W/F, 56, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER INJURIES: Netzley suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS:  V-3 was West in the 100 block NE Pine Island Road in the inside lane approaching Santa Barbara Boulevard.  V-2 was West behind V-3 in the inside lane.  V-1 was West in the inside lane behind V-2.

V-3 began to slow for traffic ahead of it as did V-2.  V-1 did not slow and struck the rear of V-2.  V-2 was forced forward into the rear of V-3.  All vehicles came to a stop in the inside West lane of NE Pine Island Road.  The driver of V-1 was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of V-1 and was trauma alerted to a local hospital.  The front passenger of V-3 suffered minor injuries but refused medical transport.  There were no other injuries.  There was no evidence of braking prior to, or during the traffic crash by V-1.

At the hospital, it was determined that the driver of V-1 had not suffered any injuries.  The driver of V-1 is listed in stable condition at the hospital for observation.

MCI Satterlee and Forensics Specialist Buckner responded.  This traffic crash IS alcohol/drug related.  The next-of-kin has been notified.  Due to the nature of traffic crash, criminal charges ARE pending.

This traffic crash closed one lane of NE Pine Island Road for approximately one hour.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341