(October 7, 2016)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a multi-car crash that shut down NE Pine Island Rd last night, and killed one person.

Shortly before 8:00 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a multi-car crash with roll-over and pin-in, in the 2000 block of NE Pine Island Rd.  One of the drivers, Lynda Occean, B/F, 33, of Cape Coral, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.  A Ping4 alert was sent at the request of the Watch Commander.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE:  October 6, 2016
TIME:  7:45 PM
LOCATION: 2000 block NE Pine Island Road
CR#:  16-015907
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1:  Gold 2000 Toyota Corolla car.
DRIVER 1:  Lynda Occean, B/F, 33, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:  Occean died on scene due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.

VEHICLE 2:  Grey 2006 Ford truck.
DRIVER 2:  O.J. Lawter Cardet, W/M, 40, of Lehigh Acres, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES:  Cardet suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 1:  (Right front passenger) Carrie A. Faith, W/F, 44, of Lehigh Acres, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES:  Faith suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
PASSENGER 2:  Joseph Bronson, W/M, 31, of Lehigh Acres, Florida.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES:  (Rear middle passenger) Bronson suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.

VEHICLE 3:  Black Dodge SRT4 car.
DRIVER 3:  Cesar Yamamoto, H/M, 18, of North Fort Myers, Florida.
DRIVER 3 INJURIES:  Yamamoto suffered minor injuries.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was west on NE Pine Island Road in the outside lane, in the 2000 block.  Vehicle 2 was east on NE Pine Island Road in the inside lane.  Vehicle 3 was east on NE Pine Island Road in the outside lane.

For unknown reasons, Vehicle 1 veered left and entered into the median.  Vehicle 1 exited the median and traveled across the east lane of NE Pine Island Road in front of Vehicle 2.  The front right of Vehicle 1 and the front left of Vehicle 2 struck (head on).  Vehicle 1 was forced directly to the East where it came to rest in the Eastbound lanes.  Vehicle 2 was forced into the outside east lane and into Vehicle 3.  Vehicle 2 and Vehicle 3 drove off the South edge of the roadway where Vehicle 2 rolled over onto its roof.  Vehicle 2 came to rest on its roof in the ditch.  Vehicle 3 came to rest next to Vehicle 2.

Cape Coral Fire Department, Lee County EMS, Cape Coral Police Department, and Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded.  The driver of Vehicle 1 was located in Vehicle 1 and had suffered life threatening injuries.  At 8:06 pm, the driver of Vehicle 1 was pronounced deceased on scene.  All occupants in Vehicle 2 and Vehicle 3 were transported to a local hospital for medical attention (all suffered non-life threatening injuries).

MCI Officers D. Gray, A. Satterlee and C. Mills, Victim Advocate, and Forensics personnel responded.  It is UNKNOWN if alcohol/drugs are a factor in the traffic crash.  The next-of-kin for the driver of Vehicle 1 HAS BEEN contacted. 

NE Pine Island Road (both directions) were closed down for an extended period of time due to the traffic crash investigation.

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