(April 9, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators are looking into an early morning crash that sent two people to the hospital, with one in critical condition.

Just after 7:30 AM, officers responded to the intersection of Cape Coral Parkway West and SW 25 Place on a two vehicle crash.  The investigation revealed that one of the vehicles ran a stop sign, resulting in a collision which left both vehicles damages and in the front yard of a residence.

Both drivers sustained injuries and were trauma alerted to a nearby hospital.  It was later determined that only one of the drivers, Brendan James-Scott Younk, W/M, 20, of Cape Coral, Florida sustained life-threatening injuries.  The other driver was admitted for observation.

Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: April 9, 2015
TIME: 7:34 AM
LOCATION: Intersection of Cape Coral Parkway West and SW 25 Place
CR#: 15-005906
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. Satterlee

VEHICLE 1:  2015 dark purple Chevrolet Malibu car.
DRIVER 1:  Christian Rudolf Salinger, W/M, 61, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:  Salinger suffered minor injuries.

VEHICLE 2:  2013 red Kia Soul 4-door SUV.
DRIVER 2:  Brendan James-Scott Younk, W/M, 20, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES:  Younk suffered life threatening injuries.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling North on SW 25 Place approaching the intersection with Cape Coral Parkway (stop sign).  Vehicle 2 was East on Cape Coral Parkway in the inside lane.  Vehicle 2 did not have a stop sign.  Vehicle 1 ran the stop sign and the front left of Vehicle 1 struck into the front right of Vehicle 2.  Vehicle 1 forced both vehicles to the Northeast and into the front yard of 2505 Cape Coral Parkway West.  Vehicle 2 came to rest in the yard, the front of Vehicle 1 struck a palm tree and came to rest in the yard.

Both drivers were unconscious and trauma alerted to a local hospital by ambulance.  At the hospital, it was determined that the driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries and was admitted into the hospital for observation (stable condition).  The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered life threatening injuries (was NOT wearing a seatbelt) and is in critical condition.

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

***There are 3 traffic fatalities and 17 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 (17 MCI usages- Motorcycle 5, Pedestrian 4, 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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