(February 12, 2015)-  At around 11:30 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to a serious injury crash at the intersection of Beach Parkway W. and Surfside Boulevard.  The crash involved a single vehicle that was driving westbound that let the roadway at the intersection, struck a utility pole, and went into the canal west of Surfside Boulevard.

A Ping4alert was sent, alerting drivers in the neighborhood to avoid the area.

Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral Fire Department , and EMS responded to the scene.  Cape Coral Fire Department divers entered the water and extracted the driver, identified as David Scott King, W/M, of Cape Coral, Florida.  The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.  The crash and subsequent investigation shut down the intersection for several hours.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator, Marine Unit, and Forensics personnel responded to the scene.  The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing at this time, though initial information points to excessive speed as a major factor.  

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: February 12, 2015
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Beach Parkway West/Surfside Boulevard
CR#: 15-002577
ASSIGNED MCI: Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: 1999 blue Ford Explorer SUV.
DRIVER 1: David Scott King, W/M, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: King died at Cape Coral Hospital due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: According to witnesses and roadway evidence, Vehicle 1 was traveling west on Beach Parkway from Agualinda Boulevard.  Vehicle 1 was swerving on and off the roadway several times and struck a speed limit sign near SW 25 Place and Beach Parkway West.  Vehicle 1 was traveling approximately “70-80 mph” and ran the stop sign at Surfside Boulevard.  The driver of Vehicle 1 tried to pull to the right but could not negotiate the turn in the roadway.  Vehicle 1 exited the roadway, struck a wood utility pole, and drove off the raised canal bank into the canal.

Cape Coral Fire Department responded and removed the driver from the vehicle and trauma alerted him by ambulance to a local hospital.  At 12:18 pm, the driver of Vehicle 1 died.

The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified.  MCI Satterlee, MCI Green, VA Seymour, and Forensics Fordham responded.

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

This traffic crash resulted in the intersection being shut down for several hours.  City Engineer office and LCEC responded to assess the scene.

Case pending further investigation.

***There are 3 traffic fatalities in our city in 2015. (There are 0 fatalities that are ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. These 0 "medical" fatalities are not included in the number of 3 traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2015= 3 Traffic fatalities (7 MCI usages)
  • 2014= 11 Traffic fatalities (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
  • 2013= 14 Traffic fatalities (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
  • 2012= 10 Traffic fatalities (21 MCI usages)
  • 2011= 11 Traffic fatalities (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)
  • 2010= 9 Traffic fatalities (22 MCI usages)
PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police Department responded to a single vehicle fatality crash involving an SUV that went into a canal at the intersection of Beach Parkway W. and Surfside Boulevard.  Here, the Cape Coral Police Department Marine Unit assists with the recovery of the vehicle from the water. (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police Department responded to a single vehicle fatality crash involving an SUV that went into a canal at the intersection of Beach Parkway W. and Surfside Boulevard.  Here, the Cape Coral Police Department Marine Unit assists with the recovery of the vehicle from the water. (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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