(April 19, 2016)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a Sunday night crash that sent three people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Just before midnight Sunday night, Cape Coral Police responded to a crash in the 300 block of Cape Coral Parkway West.  A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed was traveling westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the middle lane.  The driver, identified as Michael Grossman, 30, of Cape Coral, lost control, side-swiping two palm trees and then hitting a third tree head-on in the median.

The vehicle hit with such force that it split into three pieces, ejecting two of the three occupants, with debris coming to rest over 100 feet away.

The driver and both passengers sustained life-threatening injuries.  All three were trauma-alerted to a local hospital for treatment.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE:  April 17, 2016
TIME:  11:52 PM
LOCATION:  300 block Cape Coral Parkway West
CR#:  16-006257
ASSIGNED MCI:  M/Cpl. A. Satterlee
 
VEHICLE 1: 2004 silver Nissan Maxima car.
DRIVER 1: Michael Grossman, B/M, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Grossman suffered life threatening injuries.
PASSENGER 1 (Right front): Derrick Anthony Walker, W/M, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Walker suffered life threatening injuries.
PASSENGER 2 (Left rear): Stephen Campanella, W/M, 31, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: Campanella suffered life threatening injuries.
 
VEHICLE 2: 2012 grey Mitsubishi car.  (Parked in the driveway of 314 Cape Coral Parkway West)
 
VEHICLE 3: 2003 white Chrysler car.  (Parked in the driveway of 316 Cape Coral Parkway West)
 
SYNOPSIS:  Vehicle 1 was westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the middle lane.  A witness was westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the left lane.  The witness stated that Vehicle 1 was approaching him from the rear at a very high rate of speed (approximately 80 mph in a 40 mph zone).  The witness stated that there was a vehicle in the middle lane about 5 car lengths in front of his own vehicle.
 
The witness saw Vehicle 1 pass on his right and immediately change lanes to the left to cut in between him and the other vehicle.  Vehicle 1 lost control and entered into the median where it struck two palm trees (side swipe).  Vehicle 1 continued West in the median and struck a large tree head on.  Vehicle 1 had so much speed and force, the front of the vehicle wrapped around the tree and the rest of the vehicle was redirected counter clockwise.  Vehicle 1 then broke up into three sections.  The front of Vehicle 1 remained wrapped around the tree.  The middle section of Vehicle 1 continued West in the median striking two more trees and came to rest in the median 80 feet away.  The top portion of the vehicle and part of the front and back seats came to rest in the driveway of 314 Cape Coral Parkway West, 119 feet from where the front of the vehicle impacted the tree.
 
During the traffic crash, the driver of Vehicle 1 was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest in the middle eastbound lane of Cape Coral Parkway.  The right front passenger of Vehicle 1 came to rest with the top portion of the vehicle in the driveway of 314 Cape Coral Parkway West.  The left rear passenger remained inside of the main portion of the vehicle and came to rest in the median.  Officers arrived on scene and located all occupants with life threatening injuries.  All were trauma alerted by ambulance to a local hospital.  MCI Satterlee, Victim Advocates, and Forensic personnel responded.
 
At the hospital it was learned that the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.230.  The next of kin of all involved HAVE BEEN notified.  Alcohol/drugs IS a factor in this traffic crash.  Based on all evidence, a criminal investigation has been started.
 
***There are 2 traffic fatalities and 10 MCI usages in our city in 2016. (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…

  • 2016: 2 Traffic fatalities, 1 DUI related (10 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 0 medical ruled death)
  • 2015: 13 Traffic fatalities, 9 DUI related (43 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)

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