Do The Right Thing for January 2019

Do The Right Thing for January 2019

(January 22, 2019)-  Do The Right Thing for January 2019 

The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for January 2019 will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:00pm in City Council Chambers.  This ceremony is open to the public and we encourage our community to come out and show their support to these outstanding young men and women who "did the right thing."

Eight students will be recognized and the Guest Speaker will be Richard Wynns; Agent/Manager of Independent Insurance Solutions. 

Jaxon Bostwick-6th grader  Caloosa Middle

A month ago, Jaxon was staying the night with his grandparents, who were visiting from Illinois.  About 2:30 in the morning, his grandfather began experiencing severe chest pain.  They jumped in the car and headed to Cape Coral Hospital.  Jaxon was able to help direct his grandmother, who suffers with dementia, on the quickest way to get to Cape Coral Hospital’s Emergency Room.  Then, as they were preparing to transport his grandfather to Health Park, Jaxon asked a nurse to type in the GPS directions on his grandmother’s phone so he could direct her safely to the next hospital.  His grandfather suffered a major heart attack and underwent a double bypass the following  week.  The surgery was a success and Jaxon’s grandfather is on the road to recovery.  Jaxon’s grandparents told his mother on multiple occasions that Jaxon was calm and collected and because of that was able to keep his grandmother calm through it all.  The first person his grandfather wanted to see after his surgery was his hero Jaxon. 

Megan Albertine - 6th grader (North Ft. Myers Academy of the Arts), Lily Hudson - 6th grader, Isabella Hart - 7th grader Caloosa Middle

These three students observed something regarding a peer.  They worked together, to distract the peer and attain specific information to help the peer.  They then immediately reported the information to a responsible adult to help assure the safety of their peer.

Kaylin La’naye Norwood - 5th grader Pelican Elementary

During the first week of October, each 5th grade classroom at Pelican Elementary was given a lesson on Safety, Security and Reporting.  Kaylin, remembering what she had learned from the safety lesson the past week, reported to the School Counselor a social media post that a classmate posted with content relating to the student suggesting suicidal intent.  Because of the report that Kaylin made, the social media post was viewed, and the student received the appropriate help needed.  

Mabree Hall – 1st Grader, Maya Hall – 3rd Grader, Mallory Hall – 6th Grader  

Gulf Elementary/Gulf Elementary/Gulf Middle

For their birthdays, all three girls asked their guests to bring toy donations for Oma’s Heart rather than for themselves.  These young ladies are continuously giving.  They volunteer with their family to serve food to the homeless and hand out food and supplies to those in need.  Mallory also volunteers her time to work with students at Gulf Elementary before her day starts at Gulf Middle.


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

Traffic Tuesday - Following Too Closely

Traffic Tuesday - Following Too Closely

(January 22, 2019)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on Following Too Closely; also known as tailgaiting.

It’s doubtful that anyone likes to be tailgated, yet people do it constantly every day. The reasons behind people following too closely range from running late to aggressive driving. We want to make sure that people are aware of the dangers of not having enough distance between your car and the one in front of you.

A driver is at a higher risk of rear-ending a vehicle when they are following less than 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of them. You should have one full car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10-mph. The distance necessary depends on the weather conditions, the speed, and the road itself. So one car length, 15 feet, may be a safe distance when traveling 10-mph, but is not considered safe when traveling at 65-mph. When a vehicle stops abruptly the vehicle following too closely will be left with little or no time to react and brake.

If you are being tailgated you can take some steps to reduce your chance of being rear-ended. If you are in a multi-lane road, change lanes to allow the vehicle to pass. If that is not possible, maintain the speed limit and leave more than enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, a considerable amount of traffic crashes are attributed to following too closely.

Florida State Statute 316.0895 covers Following Too Closely - The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.

A violation of Following Too Closely is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation. 

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).


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

Fatal ATV Crash

Fatal ATV Crash

(January 21, 2019)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a fatal injury traffic crash that sent one to the hospital.

On January 19, 2019 around 1:29 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to a call for service in reference to a two vehicle traffic crash at the 1400 block of SE 23rd Ter. 

One person was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries who later died. A Major Crash Investigator, Victim Advocate, Forensics, and a Drug Recognition Expert responded to assist with this investigation.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE:  January 19, 2019

TIME:  1:29 AM

LOCATION: 1400-blk SE 23rd

CR#:  19-001277

ASSIGNED: Major Crash Investigator Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1: Black 2018 Arctic Cat Alterra 4-wheel ATV, no Florida tag.  

VEHICLE 1 DRIVER: David Anthony Giompalo II, W/M, 10/14/1968, 2302 SE 15th St, Cape
Coral, FL.

DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Giompalo suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

VEHICLE 2: Grey 2012 Chevrolet Equinox SUV.

VEHICLE 2 DRIVER: Vehicle 2 was parked and unoccupied.


Vehicle 1 exited the driveway of the residence at 1414 SE 23rd Place and turned south. After traveling less than 100 feet south along SE 23rd Place, Vehicle 1 veered suddenly to the left. The driver of Vehicle 1 was ejected from the right side of the ATV and came to final rest in the north lane of SE 23rd Place. The ATV continued rolling to the southeast and left the east side of the roadway. After traveling diagonally across the lawns of two homes, Vehicle 1’s left front tire collided with the rear bumper of Vehicle 2, which was parked unoccupied on the driveway of 1425 SE 23rd Place.

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered life threatening injuries in the crash and was trauma alerted to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of Vehicle 1 was not wearing a safety helmet at the time of the crash.

Alcohol/drugs ARE a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

***There are 2 traffic fatalities and 5 MCI usages in our city in 2019. (There are 0 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.)

2019= 2 Traffic Fatalities, 1 DUI related (5 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 0 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)


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