(October 11, 2015)- Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator is investigating a serious injury crash involving a single bicycle.

Friday afternoon, shortly after 1:00 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to the 4600 block of Del Prado Boulevard S. on multiple calls of a bicyclist down in the roadway.

Officers responded to find 73 year old Michael Fahey laying in the roadway.  Fahey's bicycle was nearby and it was apparent he had suffered severe head trauma from impacting the pavement.

A Good Samaritan stayed with Fahey until EMS responded.  He was trauma-alerted to a local hospital for his injuries.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.

Preliminary evidence at the scene points to a single-vehicle crash.

Synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: October 9, 2015
TIME: 1:11 PM
LOCATION: 4600 block Del Prado Boulevard South
CR#: 15-016105

BICYCLIST: Michael Fahey, 73, W/M, of Cape Coral, Florida.
INJURIES: Fahey suffered critical head injuries and was trauma alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

SYNOPSIS: At 1:11 PM, several people called 9-1-1 in reference to a male laying in the roadway with a bicycle in the outside southbound lane of Del Prado Boulevard, partially on the curb/sidewalk.

Officers arrived and found the bicyclist who had a faint pulse and then become unresponsive.  Lee County EMS responded and transported the male to a local hospital as a trauma alert.  The bicyclist had obvious head trauma to the left rear portion of his head when it impacted the ground.  One of the bystanders that stopped is a doctor and assisted until EMS arrived.

There are no witnesses advising that they saw a traffic crash, all stated that they saw him just laying there.  A white touring bicycle was on scene and showed no damage from a traffic crash with another vehicle.  Several small scrapes on the handlebar and left foot peg matched up with roadway/curb markings, and are consistent with the bicycle going down on its left side toward the roadway from off of the sidewalk.  The bicyclist WAS wearing helmet at the time of the traffic crash but the head injury was located just below the helmet line.  An extensive area canvas of businesses showed no video cameras that caught the incident.

Fahey has no other markings on his body (head and left hand scraping) showing impact from a vehicle.  Fahey was conscious and alert but does not remember anything except leaving his house.  Based on all evidence, this case is NOT a traffic crash (involving another vehicle) at this point.  Major Crash Investigator M/Cpl. Satterlee, Forensics, and Victim Advocate responded.  The next of kin HAS BEEN notified.

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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