(May 13, 2017)-  Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators are investigating a second crash that occurred last night on Del Prado Boulevard S.

At around 10:45 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a SUV vs. bicycle crash in the 4400 block of Del Prado Boulevard S. 

PHOTO:  Map showing 4400 Del Prado Boulevard S.  (Photo Courtesy of Apple, Inc.)

PHOTO:  Map showing 4400 Del Prado Boulevard S.  (Photo Courtesy of Apple, Inc.)

The bicyclist, identified as Roary R. O’Rourke, W/M, 69, of Cape Coral, suffered life-threatening injuries and was trauma-alerted to a local hospital.  Due to the severity of injuries, the Major Crash Investigator responded to the scene.  Victim Advocate  and Forensic personnel also responded to assist.

The investigation revealed that the crash was alcohol-related and that O’Rourke was not wearing a helmet.  The investigation is ongoing.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE:  May 12, 2017
TIME:  10:44 PM
LOCATION: SE 44th Street/Del Prado Boulevard S
CR#:  17-008587
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1:  Black 2011 Mazda CX7 SUV.
DRIVER 1:  Senthil Balaji Girimurugan, A/M, 34, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:  Girimurugan was not injured in the traffic crash.

BICYCLIST 1 (driver): Roary R. O’Rourke, W/M, 69, of Cape Coral, Florida.
BICYCLIST 1 INJURIES: O’Rourke suffered life threatening injuries in the crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling north on Del Prado Boulevard S approaching the intersection with SE 44th Street, and entered the center median turn lane to turn west onto SE 44th Street. The bicyclist was traveling in the wrong direction, cycling east on SE 44th Street in the center of the westbound lane. As Vehicle 1 turned left onto SE 44th Street, the bicycle collided with the front of Vehicle 1. The bicyclist struck the hood and windshield of Vehicle 1 and then came to rest in the west lane of SE 44th St. Vehicle 1 came to final rest in the west lane of SE 44th St.

The driver of Vehicle 1 was not injured in the crash. The bicyclist suffered life threatening injuries and was trauma alerted to a local hospital. The bicyclist was found to have a medical BAC of .157.

The bicycle was equipped with a working headlight and taillight. The bicycle rider was not wearing a safety helmet.

 MCI Officers D. Gray responded.  Victim Advocate and Forensic personnel also responded.  Alcohol IS a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

***There are 4 traffic fatalities and 14 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: 4 Traffic fatalities, 1 DUI related (14 MCI usages) (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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