(February 4, 2017)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a serious injury crash that happened this morning along Pine Island Road near Hibiscus Drive.

Officers responded to the crash at about 9:20 AM, when a Kia Soul, driven by 81 year-old Thomas Hierspiel, of Cape Coral, turned in front of a Kia Sedona minivan, violating the right of way.  The minivan, driven by Linda Diane Long, 55, of N. Ft Myers, collided with the Kia Soul.  

Hierspiel suffered serious injuries and was trauma-alerted to a local hospital for treatment.Long suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: February 4, 2017
TIME: 9:19 AM
LOCATION: Intersection of NE Pine Island Road and Hibiscus Dr
CR#: 17-002085
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer Danny Gray

VEHICLE 1: 2013 Kia Soul.
DRIVER 1: Thomas Hierspiel, W/M, 81, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Hierspiel suffered serious injuries.

VEHICLE 2: 2003 Kia Sedona minivan.
DRIVER 2: Linda Diane Long, W/F, 55, of N. Ft Myers, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Long suffered minor injuries.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 2 was westbound on NE Pine Island Road approaching Hibiscus Drive in the inside lane.  Vehicle 1 was eastbound on NE Pine Island Road, approaching Hibiscus Drive and entered the center median turn lane to turn into the business located at 1929 NE Pine Island Road.  Vehicle 1 failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, and turned left into the path of Vehicle 2.  The front of Vehicle 2 struck the passenger side of Vehicle 1 (t-bone).  Vehicle 1 was forced to the northwest and came to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Vehicle 2 came to a stop on the northwest corner of the intersection and adjacent to Vehicle 1.

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered serious head and neck injuries in the crash and was trauma alerted by ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered minor injuries.

Based on injuries, a Major Crash Investigation is being conducted.  The next-of-kin HAS BEEN contacted for all involved.  This traffic crash IS NOT alcohol/drug related.

***There are 0 traffic fatalities and 2 MCI usages 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 (2 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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