(April 24, 2016)- Cape Coral Police are investigating a fatal crash that shut down part of Del Prado Boulevard for several hours this morning.
Around 9:30 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to a 2-vehicle crash in the 600 block of Del Prado Boulevard North.
Investigation revealed that a vehicle that as traveling northbound on Del Prado Boulevard ran a red light at NE 6th St., striking another vehicle that was making a left turn at the intersection. The drivers of both vehicles sustained injuries in this crash and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
One driver, Harry Carroll Wilson, W/M, 93, of Cape Coral, later died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to the scene. The roadway was closed through 1:00 PM during the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.
The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:
DATE: April 24, 2016
TIME: 9:31 AM
LOCATION: Intersection of Del Prado Boulevard/NE 6 Street
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. A. Satterlee
VEHICLE 1: 1998 white Dodge Caravan.
DRIVER 1: Carl Olof Reijer, W/M, 29, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Reijer suffered minor head injuries in the traffic crash.
VEHICLE 2: 1999 grey Nissan Sentra.
DRIVER 2: Harry Carroll Wilson, W/M, 93, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Wilson died at a local hospital due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash.
SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 2 was driving southbound on Del Prado Boulevard and stopped in the East turn lane at the intersection of NE 6 Street. Vehicle 1 was northbound on Del Prado Boulevard in the inside lane. According to multiple witnesses, Vehicle 2 began its left turn onto NE 6 Street. Two witnesses were stopped in the outside northbound lane of Del Prado Boulevard at the light of NE 6 Street. These witnesses stated that northbound traffic had a red light. The witnesses saw Vehicle 1 run the red light. The front of Vehicle 1 struck the front of Vehicle 2 head on. Vehicle 1 was redirected to the Northeast and drove off the roadway and struck a traffic signal box and came to final rest in a parking lot nearby. Vehicle 2 was spun counter clockwise and came to rest in the inside northbound lane of Del Prado Boulevard, on the North side of the intersection.
On scene the driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor head injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered life threatening injuries and was trauma alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital. Due to injuries, THI Satterlee, Forensics personnel, and a Victim Advocate responded.
At 10:13 am, the driver of Vehicle 2 died at the hospital due to injuries suffered in the traffic crash. This traffic crash IS NOT alcohol/drug related. The next-of-kin HAS BEEN notified. Del Prado Boulevard (both directions) was closed down for several hours for the investigation (re-opened at 1:15 pm). A Traffic Homicide Investigation is being conducted.
***There are 4 traffic fatalities and 11 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 6 years FYI:
- 2016: 4 Traffic fatalities, 2 DUI related (11 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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