PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Picture of Cape Coral Police Patrol Car outside of crime scene tape at a serious injury crash.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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Cape Coral Police Department Investigates  Serious Injury Crash in Southwest Cape


(June 15, 2014)-  Sunday afternoon, Cape Coral Police responded to a crash involving a single vehicle in the 3200 block of Skyline Boulevard.

The involved vehicle left the roadway while traveling northbound on Skyline Boulevard, striking mailboxes and hitting a tree head-on.

The driver was transported for what appeared initially to be non-life threatening injuries, but was upgraded to a trauma-alert while en route to the hospital.

The initial synopsis of the Traffic Homicide investigator is below:

DATE: June 15, 2014
TIME: 3:48 p.m.
LOCATION: 3215 Skyline Boulevard
CR: 14-009846
ASSIGNED OFFICER: Corporal Nickolas J. Slover

VEHICLE # 1: A Red 2011 Kia Soul.
VEHICLE # 1 DRIVER: Chrystle Antonia Russo, W/F, 31 YOA, of Cape Coral.
DRIVER # 1 INJURIES: Russo suffered life threatening injuries and is listed in critical but stable condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.


Vehicle # 1 was northbound on Skyline Boulevard in the outside lane.  At 3215 Skyline Boulevard, for unknown reasons, Vehicle # 1 drifted to the right, exited the roadway, and struck the mailboxes for that address.  Vehicle # 1 continued North in the sidewalk area and front yards for approximately 210 feet where it struck a tree in the front yard of 3207 Skyline Boulevard head on (approximately 40 mph).  Vehicle # 1 spun clockwise and came to final rest, facing West bound in the outside lane. While on scene the driver of Vehicle # 1 appeared to have non-life threatening injuries, however during transport to Lee Memorial Hospital, the driver of Vehicle # 1 became a trauma alert.

Due to injury severity, THIs Corporal Nickolas Slover and Master Corporal Andrew Satterlee, along with Forensics Potts responded.

Case is pending further investigation. Next-of-kin has been notified.

It is unknown at this time if the traffic crash is alcohol or drug related.

***There are 3 traffic fatalities in our city in 2014. (There are 0 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. The 0 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of 3 traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2014= 3 Traffic fatalities
  • 2013= 18 Traffic fatalities (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 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