(July 22, 2017)- A crash on Pine Island Road yesterday afternoon sent one person to the hospital and killed two others.
At around 3:20 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to the intersection of NE Pine Island Road and Commerce Creek Boulevard.
A black Volkswagen Jetta was southbound on Commerce Creek Boulevard and attempted to cross NE Pine Island Rd. The Volkswagen, driven by Justin Reed Collins, 31, of N. Ft Myers, drove into the path of an oncoming car, a blue Dodge Dakota pickup, driven by Gilberto Valentin Hernandez Jr, 20, of N. Ft Myers. The vehicles collided, crossing the median, and coming to final rest in the eastbound lanes of NE Pine Island Rd.
Collins and his passenger, Myles Cody Goss, 31, of Lantana, Florida, died at the scene. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Due to the severity of the crash, Major Crash Investigators, Victim Advocates, and Forensics responded to the scene. A Ping4 alert was sent alerting drivers and residents about this crash. Investigation is ongoing.
The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:
DATE: July 21, 2017
TIME: 3:20 PM
LOCATION: NE Pine Island Rd/Commerce Creek Blvd S.
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray
VEHICLE 1: Black 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door.
DRIVER 1: Justin Reed Collins, W/M, 31, of N. Ft Myers, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Collins suffered fatal injuries on-scene.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER: Myles Cody Goss, W/M, 31, of Lantana, Florida.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER INJURIES: Goss suffered fatal injuries on-scene.
VEHICLE 2: Blue 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, Florida tag# HFVQ38
DRIVER 2: Gilberto Valentin Hernandez Jr, W/M, 20, of N. Ft Myers, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Hernandez suffered minor injuries in the crash.
SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was South on Commerce Creek Boulevard S, approaching the intersection of NE Pine Island Road. Vehicle 2 was West on NE Pine Island Road in the inside lane. At the intersection, there is a posted stop sign for Vehicle 1 and no traffic control for Vehicle 2.
Vehicle 1 drove forward to cross over NE Pine Island Road and drove in front of Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 skidded to avoid Vehicle 1 but was unable to. The front of Vehicle 2 struck the driver`s side of Vehicle 1. Vehicle 1 was forced to the West through the median and came to rest in the East lanes of NE Pine Island Road. Vehicle 2 came to rest in the West lane of NE Pine Island Road.
The driver and passenger of Vehicle 1 suffered fatal injuries on scene. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.
Due to the injuries, a Major Crash Investigation (MCI) is being conducted. It is UNKNOWN if alcohol/drugs are a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin for driver of Vehicle 2 HAS BEEN notified. Next-of-kin for driver and passenger of Vehicle 1 HAVE BEEN notified.
MCI Officers D. Gray and A. Satterlee, Victim Advocate, and Forensic personnel responded.
***There are 11 traffic fatalities and 26 MCI usages in our city in 2017. (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 several years, FYI:
- 2017: 11 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (26 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 0 medical ruled death)
- 2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 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 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)