(June 18, 2017)-  A crash last night near Coronado Parkway and SE 8 Place killed a Cape Coral man.

At around 11:40 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a single vehicle crash where a motorcycle collided with a concrete light pole near Coronado Parkway and SE 8 Place.

The motorcyclist, later identified as Dalton Earl Goodwin, 30, of Cape Coral, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Major Crash Investigator responded and took over the investigation.  Additional Patrol units, Victim Advocate, and Forensics personnel responded to assist.  A Ping4 alert was issued, warning nearby residents and drivers of the traffic hazard.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: June 17, 2017
TIME: 11:40 PM
LOCATION: Coronado Parkway/SE 8th Place
CR#:  17-010859
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1: Teal 2017 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle.
DRIVER 1: Dalton Earl Goodwin, 30, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Goodwin suffered fatal injuries in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling south on Coronado Pkwy in the outside lane, approaching the intersection with SE 8th Place. Vehicle 1 failed to maneuver the left-hand bend in the roadway, crossed to the right over the bicycle lane, and then struck the curb on the right side of the roadway. Vehicle 1 rode along the curb for approximately 90 feet before driving up onto the curb. Vehicle 1 then drove along the sidewalk and grass to the right of the roadway until it reached the intersection with SE 8th Place where its left side collided with a concrete light pole on the northeast corner. After striking the concrete light pole, the driver was ejected and came to rest on SE 8th Place. Vehicle 1 continued across SE 8th Place and then rolled onto the lawn of the Faith Presbyterian Church located at 4544 Coronado Parkway where it began to tumble. Vehicle 1 then struck a concrete sign on the church lawn and came to final rest.  

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of Vehicle 1 was not wearing a helmet or eye protection at the time of the crash. It is not known if alcohol is a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

Major Crash Investigator D. Gray, Victim Advocate, and Forensics personnel also responded.

There are 7 traffic fatalities and 20 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= 7 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (20 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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