Results of Last Night's DUI Operation

Results of Last Night's DUI Operation

(July 23, 2017)-  The Cape Coral Police Department conducted a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation last night, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce incidents of impaired driving.  The operation was funded by grant money awarded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

The results of the operations are below:

ARRESTED: Timothy Daniel Thomas, W/M, DOB: 11-19-1988, of 16221 Siesta Drive, Fort Myers.
CHARGES: DWLS.
CR: 17-013149

Timothy Thomas was stopped for driving without headlights on in the 1500 block of Cape Coral Parkway East.  After checking Thomas’s driver’s license it came back suspended out of California.  He was arrested and charged accordingly.

  • Total Traffic Stops: 44
  • Warnings: 7
  • Speed Citations: 12
  • Seatbelt Citations: 1
  • Moving Citations: 27
  • Non-moving Citations: 3
  • Open Container Driver: 0
  • Open Container Passenger: 0
  • .02 Violation: 0
  • Criminal Citations: 1
  • Citations Total: 44
  • DUI Arrests: 0
  • Motorcycle DUI Arrests: 0
  • Other Arrests: 1
  • Total Arrests: 1

"During the operation there was a large amount of taxi and Uber usage.  There were a lot of vehicles left in the parking lots of the bars.  It appears the grant activities are having the desired outcome."  - Sergeant Patrick O'Grady, Cape Coral Police Department Nighttime Traffic Unit.

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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 Conducting DUI Operation Tonight!

Cape Coral Police Conducting DUI Operation Tonight!

(July 22, 2017)-  The Cape Coral Police Department will conduct another High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation, as part of its Impaired Driving Project, tonight (Saturday, July 22, 2017).

The goal of the Impaired Driving Project is to conduct special HVE operations focused on impaired driving in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities attributable to impaired driving.

The operation will be a citywide saturation patrol this evening.

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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 Double Fatality Crash

Cape Coral Police Investigating Double Fatality Crash

(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.
CR#:  17-013039
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)

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