(June 23, 2017)-  Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigator is investigating a single-vehicle crash that had the Midpoint Bridge shut-down for over 3 hours this morning.

At around 5:45 AM, Cape Coral Police responded to the westbound lanes of the Midpoint Bridge on a one-car crash.  Responding officers found the vehicle overturned and hung up on the divider wall.

the driver, later identified as Gail Phillipa Smith, B/F, 52, of Cape Coral, was trauma-alerted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Additional Patrol units,  Major Crash Investigator, Forensics personnel, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.  Due to the severity of the crash, the Major Crash Investigator assumed the investigation.  A Ping4 alert was sent warning drivers on their morning commute.

Below is the preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator:

DATE:  June 23, 2017
TIME:  5:44 AM
LOCATION: 2 Mid Point Memorial Bridge
CR#:  17-011193
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1:  Silver 2003 Toyota Avalon 4 door car.
DRIVER 1:  Gail Phillipa Smith, B/F, 52, of Cape Coral, Florida. 
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:  Smith suffered life threatening injuries in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling west in the outside lane of the Mid Point Memorial Bridge. As Vehicle 1 maneuvered a left hand bend, it also attempted to move over to the inside lane. The rear end of Vehicle 1 began to rotate counter clockwise. Vehicle 1 continued across the west inside travel lane and struck the concrete center median barrier with its left side. Vehicle 1 ricocheted off of the center median barrier and traveled to the right across the inside and outside westtravel lanes. The right front portion of Vehicle 1 then struck the concrete barrier to the right of the roadway. Vehicle 1 ricocheted off of the right concrete barrier and was now traveling nearly perpendicular to the west travel lanes. The left tires of Vehicle 1 dug into the roadway causing Vehicle 1 to roll to the left. Vehicle 1 rolled over several times while traveling diagonally from the right to the left across the outside and inside west travel lanes and again colliding with the concrete center median barrier. Vehicle 1 came to final rest with its rear endresting on top of the concrete center median barrier and its front end pointing northwest in the inside west travel lane and approximately 600 feet past the area of first impact with the concrete center median barrier.

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered life threatening injuries in the crash and was trauma alerted to a local hospital.

Due to the nature of the injuries to the driver of Vehicle 1, MCI Officer D. Gray responded.  Victim Advocate and Forensic personnel also responded.  It is unknown if alcohol is a factor in the traffic crash.  Speed is a factor in this crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

The westbound lanes of the Mid Point Memorial Bridge were shut down for approximately 3 1/2 hours during the investigation.

*** There are 7 traffic fatalities and 21 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, 5 DUI related (21 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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