(February 23, 2017)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a crash that occurred last night involving a car and a pedestrian.

Just after 7:30 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a car vs. pedestrian crash in the 500 block of Cape Coral Parkway East.  First responding officers found that the pedestrian suffered severe injuries.  Due to the nature of the injuries, the Major Crash Investigator responded and assumed the investigation.

The pedestrian was trauma-alerted to a local hospital.  The driver did not sustain any injuries in the crash.  The investigation is ongoing.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: February 22, 2019
TIME: 7:37 PM
LOCATION: 500 block Cape Coral Parkway East
CR#: 17-003320
ASSIGNED MCI: M/Cpl. A. Satterlee

VEHICLE: 2007 silver Lexus IS 350 car.
DRIVER: Mark Dayhoff Schafe, W/M, 55, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER INJURIES:  Schafe suffered no injuries in the traffic crash.

PEDESTRIAN: Willie Raymond Cook, B/M, 52, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PEDESTRIAN INJURIES: Cook suffered life threatening injuries.

SYNOPSIS: A pedestrian was walking from the North side of the roadway toward the South, across the westbound lanes of traffic on Cape Coral Parkway East in the 500 block.  A vehicle was driving westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the inside lane.

According to the driver, the roadway was very dark and he did not see the pedestrian until he was standing in front of his passenger side headlight at impact.  The front right of the vehicle struck the pedestrian on his left side.  The pedestrian came to a stop in the inside lane as the vehicle stopped nearby in the same lane.

On scene, Lee County EMS trauma alerted the pedestrian with life threatening injuries, including a possible brain injury (pedestrian struck the windshield with his head).  Due to injuries, M/Cpl. Satterlee, Victim Advocate, and Forensics personnel responded.

At the hospital it was determined that the pedestrian was wearing all dark clothing and that he had suffered a severely broken left leg.  There were no other signs of life threatening injuries.  The pedestrian is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.  The hospital HAS contacted the closest next of kin.  It is unknown at this time if this traffic crash is alcohol/drug related.

The pedestrian was crossing Cape Coral Parkway not in a crosswalk (321 feet to the west of the closest crosswalk) and not in an area that he should have been crossing.

***There are 0 traffic fatalities and 4 MCI usage in our city in 2017. (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 several years, FYI:

  • 2017: 0 Traffic fatalities, 0 DUI related (4 MCI usage) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 0 medical ruled death)
  • 2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 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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