(March 13, 2016)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left one man dead last night.

Just before 7:00 PM Saturday evening, Cape Coral Police responded to the 2200 block of Nelson Rd. N. on a serious injury crash involving one vehicle, a 2007 yellow Chevrolet Corvette.

The vehicle was driven by 34 year-old Milton Josue Rodriguez Navarro, of Cape Coral.  Investigation revealed that the driver struck a mailbox and lost control.  The vehicle left the roadway, became airborne, and overturned.  The driver died as a result of his injuries.

Cape Coral Police Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.  The roadway was shut down for several hours.  A Ping4 Alert was sent, warning drivers of potential delays.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: March 12, 2016
TIME: 6:59 PM
LOCATION: 2300 Nelson Road North
CR: 16-004145

VEHICLE 1: 2007 yellow Chevrolet Corvette.
DRIVER 1: Milton Josue Rodriguez Navarro, W/M, 34, Of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Rodriguez Navarro died on scene due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS:  According to several witnesses, Vehicle 1 was south on Nelson Road from the intersection of Kismet Parkway in the outside lane.  After several seconds, Vehicle 1 accelerated rapidly ("gunned it") and began to lose control.  The passenger side rearview mirror struck a mailbox at 2306 Nelson Road.  Vehicle 1 began to fishtail and drove off the right side of the roadway and entered the front yard of 2300 Nelson Road where it struck a cement culvert.  Vehicle 1 became airborne over the driveway and came down in a vacant field.  Vehicle 1 continued south and struck the raised portion of land in the front yard of 2220 Nelson Road.  The front of Vehicle 1 dug in and Vehicle 1 flipped over (rear of vehicle flipped forward) with the vehicle crushing down onto its roof.  Vehicle 1 came to final rest in the front yard.

During the crash, the driver of Vehicle 1 died due to injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by Lee County EMS.  Due to injuries, M/Cpl. Satterlee, Ofc. Gray, Victim Advocates, and Forensics personnel responded to the scene. 

The next of kin HAS BEEN notified.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol/drugs were a factor in the traffic crash.  Investigation is ongoing.


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