(September 9, 2015)-Shortly after noon today, Cape Coral Police responded to a serious injury crash in the 2000 block of Hancock Bridge Parkway E.  The crash sent two people to local hospitals for treatment, one of which sustained life threatening injuries.

Both lanes of Hancock Bridge were shut down for approximately 4 hours as Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators conducted their investigation.  Patrol, Forensics, and victim Advocates responded to assist at the scene.  A Ping4 alert as sent to notify drivers and residents in the area.

The investigation is ongoing.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE OF CRASH: September 9, 2015
TIME: 12:03 PM
LOCATION: 2000 block of Hancock Bridge Pkwy
CR#: 15-014405

VEHICLE 1 (V-1): A 2003, silver Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV. 
DRIVER 1 (D-1): Terrey Albert Gavazzi, W/M, 73, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Gavazzi suffered minor injuries as a result of the traffic crash. 

VEHICLE 2 (V-2): A 1999, green Saturn S-series 4 door car.
DRIVER 2 (D-2): Alexandra Nicole Konikow, W/F, 21, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Konikow suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the traffic crash. 

V-1 was traveling west on Hancock Bridge Pkwy in the outside lane at the 2000 block. V-2 was traveling east on Hancock Bridge Pkwy in the outside lane at 2000 block. 

As vehicle was traveling, the driver lost control of V-1 and V-1 entered into a counterclockwise spin. V-1 then traveled southwest, crossing the inside west lane, at which time V-1 struck the concrete median of the roadway. After striking the median, V-1 crossed the median and spun clockwise. V-1 was now traveling southwest in the East lanes of Hancock Bridge Pkwy and crossed the left turning lane and the inside east lane of the road. As V-1 entered into the outside lane, the front end of V-1struck the front left side and driver’s door of V-2, which caused V-2 to travel south, coming to final rest in the grass between the road and side walk. After the collision, V-1 traveled south and also came to rest in the grass between the road and the sidewalk.

The driver of V-1 was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The driver of V-2 was trauma alerted to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Due to the severity of the crash and injuries the driver of V-2 suffered, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to the scene.

Investigation is ongoing.

***There have been 10 traffic fatalities and 31 MCI usages in our city in 2015. (There is 1 fatality that has been 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= 10 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (31 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)

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