PHOTO:  A crash scene at the 3800 block of Chiquita Boulevard S. on Saturday morning sent two people to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.  This was one of two back-to-back serious injury crashes that day.  (Photo Courtesy of Sgt. Joseph Zalenski, Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  A crash scene at the 3800 block of Chiquita Boulevard S. on Saturday morning sent two people to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.  This was one of two back-to-back serious injury crashes that day.  (Photo Courtesy of Sgt. Joseph Zalenski, Cape Coral Police Department)

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Cape Police Investigate Back-To-Back Serious Injury Crashes Over the Weekend

 

(April 14, 2014)-  Saturday was a dangerous day on Cape Coral roadways.  Cape Coral Police officers and Traffic Homicide investigators responded to back-to-back serious injury crashes this weekend, barely finishing one call before the other came in.  One crash in southwest Cape Coral, just before noon, resulted in a child sustaining serious facial injuries as a result of being unrestrained in the car when it struck a tree in a median.  The second crash, occurring at around 2:30 PM in northwest Cape Coral, resulted in an 84-year old being ejected from a vehicle.  Below are the initial summaries from the Traffic Homicide Investigator.

Summary of Crash #1 is as follows:

DATE: April 12, 2014
TIME: 11:42 am
LOCATION: 3800 Chiquita Boulevard South
CR#: 14-006157
ASSIGNED THI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: Silver Chevrolet Cavalier 2 door
DRIVER 1: Jennifer Lynn Stephens, 7-31-83, 2204 SW 43 Lane, Cape Coral, Florida 33914.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Stephens suffered minor injuries.
PASSENGER 1: ***JUVENILE*** 
PASSENGER 1  INJURIES: Juvenile suffered several facial fractures, several lacerations, and a concussion.

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was North on Chiquita Boulevard in the left lane.  According to witnesses and evidence, Vehicle 1 drifted to the left and entered into the median.  Vehicle 1 drove into the median and directly into a tree, head-on, without braking (approximately 35-40 mph).  During impact, the driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries.  A 5 year old in the rear passenger seat was sitting UNRESTRAINED in a booster seat (which was also unrestrained) and was forced forward causing, what initially appeared to be, life-threatening head trauma.  Both occupants were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

At Lee Memorial Hospital, the injuries to the juvenile showed several facial fractures, several lacerations, and a concussion.  The juvenile was listed in stable non-life threatening condition and was being admitted into the hospital.  The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries.  DRE Causer responded and assisted with a DUI investigation.  Drugs ARE A FACTOR in this traffic crash.

Cape Coral Police Department Forensics and THI Satterlee responded.  This case is pending further criminal investigation.  DCF responded to the hospital.

Summary of crash #2 is as follows:

DATE: April 12, 2014
TIME: 2:31 pm
LOCATION: Intersection of Gulfstream Parkway and Old Burnt Store Road
CR#: 14-006170
ASSIGNED THI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: 2008 silver Kia Spectra 4 door
DRIVER 1: H. Norman Ward, 3-20-25, 3619 Littleton Road, Monroe, NH 03771.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Ward suffered minor injuries.
PASSENGER 1: Eva Ward, 3-13-25, 3619 Littleton Road, Monroe, NH 03771.
PASSENGER 1  INJURIES: Ward suffered several injuries while being ejected.

VEHICLE 2: 2011 silver Kia Soul SUV
DRIVER 2: Thomas Allen Hines, 3-18-61, 3811 NW 45 Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33993.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Hines suffered minor injuries.
PASSENGER 1: Erin Kathleen Russell, 5-4-65, 3811 NW 45 Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33993.
PASSENGER 1  INJURIES: Russell suffered minor injuries.

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was East on Gulfstream Parkway approaching the intersection of Old Burnt Store Road.  Vehicle 2 was North on Old Burnt Store Road approaching Gulfstream Parkway.

At the intersection, Old Burnt Store Road does NOT have any stop signs.  Gulfstream Parkway has two stop signs for East and West traffic.

According to roadway evidence and witness statements, Vehicle 1 ran the stop sign without slowing and stuck Vehicle 2 on the driver’s side (T-bone).  Both vehicles rotated and were forced to the Northeast.  During impact, the front passenger of Vehicle 1 (84 year old female) was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest in the roadway.  The vehicles came to a stop in a vacant field.

All occupants in Vehicle 1 were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.  The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries.  It was determined that the passenger in Vehicle 1 suffered several non-life threatening injuries.

All occupants in Vehicle 2 were transported to Cape Coral Hospital with minor injuries.

MCI Satterlee and Forensics responded.  Alcohol/drugs are NOT a factor in this traffic crash.

 

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