(October 11, 2015)-  A driver in a June 7th parking lot crash has died.

Harris Headrick, 73, was involved in a what appeared to be a minor parking lot crash on June 7, 2015, in the Lowes parking lot on Pine Island Rd.  At the time of the crash, Headrick appeared to suffer only a minor abrasion to he head and wrist.  The second driver sustained no apparent injuries.  Both drivers refused medical attention at the scene.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator was contacted by the Medical Examiner on Friday and was advised that headlock died while in Hospice care.  The ME ruled that the death was related to an injury sustained in the June 7th crash.

The synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: June 7, 2015
TIME: 1:58 PM
LOCATION: 1651 NE Pine Island Road (Lowe’s)
CR#: 15-009349

VEHICLE 1: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
DRIVER 1: Harris E. Headrick, 73, W/M, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Headrick suffered minor injuries (initially reported) and later died at Hope Hospice.

VEHICLE 2: 1997 Ford F150.
DRIVER 2: Jared S. McGillicuddy, 38, W/M, of Fort Myers, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: McGillicuddy suffered no injuries.

SYNOPSIS: On June 7, 2015, Cape Coral Police Department responded to the parking lot of Lowes, 1651 NE Pine Island Road, in reference to the report of a two vehicle traffic crash resulting in minor injuries.  Upon arrival, Officers located two vehicles (one which had to be towed) both in parking lot travel lanes.

Vehicle 1 was turning left and turned in front of Vehicle 2 in the parking lot.  The front bumpers of both vehicles struck near head on.  No airbags deployed and the driver of Vehicle 1 suffered a small abrasion on his forehead and another abrasion on his left wrist (based on officer observations).  The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered no injuries.  Both refused medical attention.

On October 9, 2015, Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator was contacted by the Medical Examiner’s Office.  The driver of Vehicle 1, Harris E. Headrick, died at Hope Hospice.  During the autopsy, the Medical Examiner concluded that Headrick suffered a head injury that contributed to his death, thus ruling this case as traffic related.  Medical Examiner’s Office advised that Headrick waited more than a week before seeking any medical attention and was later placed into Hospice care.

Based on the Medical Examiner’s Office ruling, this case is being ruled a Delayed Traffic Fatality and will be added to the totals below.  

***There are 12 traffic fatalities and 37 MCI usages in our city in 2015.  (There is 1 fatality that is ruled “medical” and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.  This 1 “medical” fatality is not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown since 2010, FYI:

  • 2015= 12 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (37 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 death)
  • 2012= 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011= 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled death)
  • 2010=   9 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (22 MCI usages)

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