(July 17, 2015)-  A second person has died in a July 4th crash that already claimed one life.

On July 17, 2015 at 12:12 am, Joan Ortiz, 78, of Salem, SC, a passenger in Vehicle #2 , died at a local hospital due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.  This is the second fatality from this crash. The first was passenger Paul Ortiz, 84, who died on July 5.

This case is an active DUI Manslaughter investigation.

Link to the original news release: Cape Coral Police Department Investigating July 4th Traffic Fatality

There have been 8 traffic fatalities and 28 MCI usages in our city in 2015 so far. (There is 1 fatality that was ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash. This 1 "medical" fatality is not included in the number of traffic fatalities).

Breakdown of the past 5 years, FYI:

2015: 8 Traffic fatalities, 7 DUI related (28 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)

2014: 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled death)

2013: 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)

2012: 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)

2011: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (24 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical and 1 suicide ruled deaths)

2010: 9 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (22 MCI usages)

PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police car outside a crime scene at a traffic fatality.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police car outside a crime scene at a traffic fatality.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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