CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Fatal Crash Involving a Vehicle and a House Still Under Investigation
(December 20, 2013)- A fatal crash that occurred Thursday afternoon that involved a vehicle and a SW Cape Coral home is still under investigation by the Cape Coral Police Department. A preliminary synopsis of the crash is below:
DATE: December 19, 2013
TIME: 4:27 pm
LOCATION: 1712 Southwest 49th Terrace
VEHICLE 1: 1998 Ford Ranger, Pick-up Truck , Florida tag# 938MNQ.
DRIVER 1: Alberto Ramirez, H/M, 8-8-1955, 5025 Southwest 17th Avenue, Cape Coral, Florida 33914.
DRIVER 1 NJURIES: Ramirez died in this traffic crash; autopsy pending.
PROPERTY DAMAGE: 1712 Southwest 49th Terrace
Vehicle # 1, driven by Alberto Ramirez, was westbound on Southwest 49th Terrace. According to a witness who was eastbound on Southwest 49th Terrace, Vehicle # 1 began to swerve and accelerated. After Vehicle # 1 passed the witness, it left the roadway, entered a vacant field, and struck the residence of 1712 Southwest 49th Terrace, going through the side wall into the garage.
Ramirez was TRAUMA ALERTED and transported to the closest hospital (Cape Coral Hospital) were he was pronounced deceased.
It appears alcohol/drugs ARE NOT a factor in this traffic crash at this time. The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified. Cape Coral Police DepartmentTraffic Homicide Investigators, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to the scene.
The cause of death is still unknown at this time and is pending a autopsy, though it is believed that Mr. Ramirez was suffering from a medical event at the time of the crash.
***There are 17 traffic fatalities in our city in 2013. (There are 2 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 2 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of 16 traffic fatalities).***
***THIS FATALITY WILL NOT BE ADDED UNTIL AUTOPSY RESULT ARE RECEIVED.****
Breakdown of the past 5 years fyi......
2013= 17 Traffic fatalities (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
2012= 10 Traffic fatalities
2011= 11 Traffic fatalities (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)
2010= 9 Traffic fatalities
2009= 8 Traffic fatalities (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)