School Bus Stop Safety

School Bus Stop Safety

As the 2019-2020 school year is under way, the Cape Coral Police Department is getting complaints from drivers in various neighborhoods throughout the city about children at bus stops. Most of us are addicted to our cellphones or another electronic device. Children are no different. It might be worse for them. Most adults did not grow up with the internet. They did not have Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. YouTube did not exist. At most bus stops children will have their heads down looking at a cellphone or will have headphones on. They are distracted by technology which can compromise their safety.

As an Officer, I have driven in neighborhoods where there are bus stops and have almost hit children sitting in the roadway. This is a very dangerous situation. The Cape Coral Police Department is urging parents to please talk to their children about the importance of being aware their surroundings.

Children:

  • Keep an eye on traffic.

  • Do not sit in the roadway. Drivers might not see you

  • Do not play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.

  • Make sure you stand at least 10 feet from the road while waiting for the bus so you are away from traffic.

  • If your bus stop is on a corner of another person's property, be courteous and never leave litter behind.

  • Use reflective materials. There are backpacks and clothing with reflective material sewn into it.

  • If they are going to wear headphones, only use one so they can hear traffic.

Drivers:

  • Always look for children walking to bus stops or at bus stops.

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.

  • Do not text, check your email or put make up on while driving.

  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

  • Learn and obey the school bus laws as well as the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

    • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.



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


Passenger in August 17th Vehicle Vs. Motorcycle Crash Passes Away

Passenger in August 17th Vehicle Vs. Motorcycle Crash Passes Away

(August 22, 2019) - The passenger on a motorcycle involved in a serious crash five days ago has sadly died as a result of her injuries.

The investigating officer was notified by the Medical Examiner’s Office that Karen Wynn, 52, of Port Charlotte, had passed away due to her injuries on August 22, 2019. Wynn was a passenger on a motorcycle on August 17th when it was involved in a serious crash at the intersection of Mohawk Parkway and Chiquita Boulevard South. Cape Coral Police patrol officers, Forensics, and Victim Advocates all responded to the scene, as well as Major Crash Investigators. A Ping4Alert was sent to notify drivers in the area.

The synopsis from the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE:  August 17, 2019
TIME:   2:14 pm
LOCATION: Chiquita Blvd S/Mohawk Pkwy
CR#:   19-015577
ASSIGNED MCI:   Officer J. Barkley

VEHICLE 1:  2013 white Toyota Tacoma, Florida tag.
DRIVER 1:   Henry W. Sigtermans, DOB: 2/13/1936, W/M, of Cape Coral, FL.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:   Sigtermans suffered no injuries in the crash.

VEHICLE 2: 2012 red/black Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Motorcycle, Florida tag.
DRIVER 2: Douglas A. Wynn, DOB: 7/26/1964, W/M, of Port Charlotte, FL.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Wynn suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 2 PASSENGER: Karen R. Wynn, DOB: 12/13/1966, W/F, of Port Charlotte, FL.
VEHICLE 2 PASSENGER INJURIES: Wynn suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash. 

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was traveling westbound on Mohawk Pkwy in the left turn lane stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Chiquita Blvd S. Vehicle 2 was traveling northbound on Chiquita Blvd S in the left inside travel lane approaching the intersection with Mohawk Pkwy. 

There was an unidentified vehicle traveling northbound on Chiquita Blvd S in the right outside travel lane making a right turn (eastbound) onto Mohawk Pkwy causing traffic to slow down in the right lane. This slowdown in traffic obstructed the driver of Vehicle 1’s view of the inside travel lane.

Vehicle 1 pulled out onto Chiquita Blvd into the path of Vehicle 2. The front wheel of Vehicle 2 struck the left front wheel well of Vehicle 1. The impact caused the rear of Vehicle 2 to raise up and the passenger of Vehicle 2 was ejected and launched over Vehicle 1. The Passenger of Vehicle 2 came to final rest in the inside travel lane of northbound Chiquita Blvd.

The passenger of Vehicle 2 suffered life-threatening injuries on scene and was trauma alerted via ambulance to Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver of Vehicle 2 was also transported to Lee Memorial by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered no injuries. 

MCI Officer J. Barkley and P. Wilson responded to the scene as did Forensics personnel. A CCPD Victim’s Advocate responded to the hospital.

This traffic crash IS NOT alcohol/drug related. The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified.

Both the driver and passenger of Vehicle 2 were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

***There are 10 traffic fatalities and 13 MCI usages in our city in 2019. (There is 1 fatality that is ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.)

2019: 10 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (13 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled deaths)

2018: 8 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (30 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)

2017: 17 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (46 MCI usages)

2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 MCI usages)

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)


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

Three Arrested After Fleeing From a Stolen Vehicle

Three Arrested After Fleeing From a Stolen Vehicle

(August 20, 2019) - Three people were arrested, with two of them being juveniles, after fleeing out of a stolen vehicle upon the arrival of Cape Coral Police officers.

On August 19, 2019 at around 10:00pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of SE 24th Avenue for a suspicious vehicle, a silver SUV that had been sitting in a parking lot for several hours. As officers approached the silver SUV, three passengers exited it and ran eastbound. Officers attempted to locate the suspects, but they ran into a wooded area east of SE 24th Avenue (Lee County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction).

After a perimeter was set up, K-9 Officer Scrobe and K-9 Carbon began a track to locate the suspects. K-9 Carbon was able to apprehend one of the female juvenile suspects. Another female juvenile suspect was located and detained by Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the intersection of Birkdale Avenue and Littlestone Court in North Fort Myers. The LCSO Aviation Unit helped locate the third suspect, Jean Eduard Monchile, by relaying his location to officers on the ground. K-9 Officer Holloway of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Monchile in the 1300 block of SE 24th Avenue.

The silver SUV that the three suspects ran from had previously been reported as a stolen vehicle out of Cape Coral. The two female juvenile suspects were charged with loitering and prowling as well as resisting an officer without violence (misdeameanor crimes). Jean Eduard Monchile was charged with loitering and prowling, resisting an officer without violence and grand theft auto.

“This arrest was highlighted by the combined efforts of the Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the observant citizen(s) who called the vehicle in as suspicious. We thank the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.” ~Master Sergeant Patrick O’Grady, Public Affairs Office

ARRESTED: Jean Eduard Monchile, B/M, DOB: 11/20/2000, of 2825 NW 7th Terrace, Cape Coral

ARRESTED: Jean Eduard Monchile, B/M, DOB: 11/20/2000, of 2825 NW 7th Terrace, Cape Coral

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