(April 22, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police Department are investigating a serious injury crash that occurred last night involving a work van and a skateboarder.

Last night at around 9:40 PM, Officers responded to the 1000 bock of Embers Parkway W. on a traffic crash.  Initial responding officers discovered that the skateboarder, Matthew Stephen Sheung-Burden, 18, sustained life threatening injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital as a trauma alert for treatment.

The driver of the van, Richard Michael Heisler, 32, reported no injuries at the time of the crash.

Cape Coral Police Department MCI, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.  The roadway was shut down for several hours during the investigation.  A Ping4alert was sent  to notify drivers and neighborhood residents. 

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: April 21, 2015
TIME: 9:41 PM
LOCATION: 1000-Block of Embers Parkway West
CR#: 15-006698

VEHICLE # 1:  a white 2007 Ford E250 work van.
DRIVER # 1:  Richard Michael Heisler, W/M, 32, of Cape Coral, Florida. 
DRIVER # 1 INJURIES: Heisler reported no injuries at the time of the traffic crash.

PEDESTRIAN # 1:  Matthew Stephen Sheung-Burden, A/M, 18, of Cape Coral, Florida.  
PEDESTRIAN # 1 INJURIES:  Sheung-Burden suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the traffic and was trauma alerted a local hospital where he remains in critical condition in ICU.                                                                                                                                   

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle # 1 was westbound on Embers Parkway West in the outside lane.

Pedestrian # 1 was riding his skate board in outside lane and was traveling near the center of the of the lane. 

In approximately the 1000-Block, during transport, Vehicle # 1 struck Pedestrian # 1 from the rear.  This portion of Embers Parkway West has poor lighting  and Pedestrian # 1 was wearing new dark colored clothing.   

Due to injuries, a Major Crash Investigation has been started. Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigator, Forensics Personnel, and Victim Advocate responded.  The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified.  This traffic crash is not believed to be alcohol/drug related.

***There are 5 traffic fatalities and 20 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= 5 Traffic fatalities (19 MCI usages- Motorcycle 5, Pedestrian 6, 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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