(April 10, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a serious injury crash that occurred last night in the 2600 block of Diplomat Parkway East that sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

At around 8:10 PM, Cape Coral Police Department responded to a crash involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian in the 2600 Block of Diplomat Parkway East.  Investigation revealed that the pickup truck was traveling eastbound in the outside lane when it struck a jogger, 20 year old James P. Rosso, of Cape Coral.  Rosso sustained life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.  The driver, 64 year-old Ronald Bulat of Cape Coral, was not injured.

Cape Coral Police Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: April 9, 2015
TIME: 8:11 PM
LOCATION: 2600-Block of Diplomat Parkway West
CR#: 15-005947

VEHICLE # 1:  a silver 2010 Dodge Ram truck.
DRIVER # 1:  Ronald Bulat, W/M, 64, of Cape Coral, Florida. 
DRIVER # 1 INJURIES:  Bulat reported no injuries at the time of the traffic crash.

PEDESTRIAN # 1: James P. Rosso, W/M, 20 of Cape Coral, Florida. 
PEDESTRIAN # 1 INJURIES:  Rosso suffered life threatening injuries due to the traffic crash and was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.  Rosso is currently in critical but stable condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling East in the outside lane of Diplomat Pkwy West at the 2600 block. Pedestrian 1 was running on Diplomat Pkwy West in the outside lane at the 2600 block. Pedestrian 1 was running with witness 1 and witness 2. All three were running shoulder to shoulder and Pedestrian 1 was near the middle of the lane. According to witness 1, witness 2 and the driver of vehicle 1, pedestrian 1 was not wearing any reflective clothing or safely gear.

As Pedestrian 1 was running, vehicle 1 approached him from the rear at which point the driver of vehicle 1 saw Pedestrian 1 running in the roadway. The driver of vehicle 1 attempted to swerve to the left, however he was unable to avoid pedestrian 1 at which time the right front end of vehicle 1 struck the pedestrian 1.  Pedestrian 1 was then thrown onto the hood of vehicle 1 and then ejected off of vehicle 1 passenger`s side. Pedestrian 1 then struck the ground in the front yard of 2610 Diplomat Pkwy West. Pedestrian 1 then continued to travel East, sliding across the driveway of the residence until he came to his final rest on the East side of the driveway.  After striking pedestrian 1, the driver of vehicle 1 immediately pulled off into the median where vehicle 1 came to its final rest.

Pedestrian 1 suffered incapacitating injuries and was treated at the scene by LCEMS, he was later air lifted to a local hospital further treatment. The driver of vehicle 1 did not sustain any injuries as a result of the traffic crash.

Due to injuries, a Major Crash Investigation has been started.  The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified for both involved.  MCI Nicholas Green, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded.  This traffic crash IS NOT alcohol/drug related. 

***There are 3 traffic fatalities and 18 MCI usages 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 traffic fatalities).***

Breakdown of the past 5 years FYI:

  • 2015= 3 Traffic fatalities (18 MCI usages- Motorcycle 5, Pedestrian 5, Bicycle 3)
  • 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:  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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