(September 11, 2013)- At around 1:40 AM, Cape Coral Police Department responded to the 4100 block of Coronado Parkway for a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.
Vehicle 1, a grey motorcycle that looks like a scooter, was traveling North on Coronado Parkway in the 4200 block. In the 4100 block, the roadway curves to the right. Vehicle 1 did not turn with the roadway and continued straight. Vehicle 1 struck the cement median and traveled through the median at a high rate of speed. Vehicle 1 exited the median while losing control forcing the driver of Vehicle 1 to be ejected from the vehicle. The driver of Vehicle 1 struck the roadway several times and came to final rest in the inside South lane of Coronado Parkway. Vehicle 1 continued North while skidding along the roadway on its left side and came to final rest in the outside South lane.
During the traffic crash the driver of Vehicle 1 was NOT wearing a helmet and suffered life threatening head injuries. The driver of Vehicle 1 was trauma alerted by ambulance to Lee Memorial Hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The driver is identified as William John Filene, of 19 SW 19 Court, Cape Coral, Florida.
This traffic crash is currently under investigation by the Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Homicide investigator due to the severity of the driver's injuries. At this time, alcohol and/or drugs is suspected to be a factor.
***There are 15 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 15 traffic fatalities).***
Breakdown of the past 5 years:
2013= 15 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)