(February 5, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a serious injury crash that occurred last night, leaving one person in critical condition.

Cape Coral Police Department responded to the 800 block of Andalusia Boulevard shortly after 9:00 PM on a crash involving a vehicle vs. pedestrian.

Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, and Forensics personnel responded to assist.  

The pedestrian, Jason Ray Degraaf, of Cape Coral, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators determined the driver, Robert Neal Rodriguez of Cape Coral, had a suspended drivers license.  Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigators are conducting the investigation and charges are pending.

The Major Crash Investigator’s preliminary synopsis is below:

DATE: February 4, 2015
TIME: 9:11 pm
LOCATION: 800 Andalusia Boulevard
CR#: 15-002112
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. A. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: 2003 Chevrolet Impala.
DRIVER 1: Robert Neal Rodriguez, W/M, 31, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Rodriguez suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 1: ***Juvenile*** W/F
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: W/F juvenile did not suffer injuries.
PASSENGER 2: ***Juvenile*** W/M.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: W/M juvenile did not suffer injuries.

PEDESTRIAN: Jason Ray Degraaf, W/M, 40, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PEDESTRIAN INJURIES: Degraaf suffered life threatening injuries in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling south on Andalusia Boulevard in the outside lane in the 800 block.  According to the driver, as he was passing 826 Andalusia Boulevard, he observed a pedestrian “run” into the path of his vehicle from the West to the East.  The front right of Vehicle 1 struck the Pedestrian, forcing him onto the vehicle and windshield area and then off of the vehicle.

After the impact, Vehicle 1 came to a stop in a vacant lot facing South.  The Pedestrian was ejected off of the vehicle and came to rest in a vacant lot on the West side of the roadway.  The Pedestrian suffered multiple life threatening injuries.  Lee County EMS transported the Pedestrian to a local hospital by ambulance.

The Pedestrian is listed in critical- life threatening condition.  The driver of Vehicle 1 and passengers did not suffer injuries.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the driver of Vehicle 1 has a suspended Florida license (further investigation being conducted) and should not have been driving.

The next-of-kin of the Pedestrian has been notified.  The driver of Vehicle 1 DID NOT show signs of impairment.  It is unknown at this time if the Pedestrian was impaired at the time of the traffic crash.

Due to the nature of the traffic crash, MCI Satterlee and Forensics Buckner responded.  This case is pending further criminal investigation.

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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