(June 8, 2018) - The at-fault and impaired driver from a March crash that resulted in serious injuries has been arrested and charges with multiple DUI-related charges.

On March 5, 2018 Cape Coral Police officers responded to a three vehicle crash at the 2100 block of Hancock Bridge Parkway. Two of the drivers, including Thomas Hinson, Jr. (DOB: 6-13-86) had to be transported to the hospital. At that time Hinson was determined to be impaired, and a warrant for a blood draw was obtained and served. Upon receipt of the blood draw results (BAC% .125), Hinson was contacted and turned himself in to Cape Coral Police. The synopsis of the March crash from the Major Crash Investigator is below the arrestee photo.

ARRESTED: Thomas Allen Hinson Jr., W/M, DOB: 6-13-86, of 4789 Orange Grove Blvd. #4, North Fort Myers FL.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence, DUI With Serious Bodily Injury, DUI With Personal Injury, DUI Property Damage (3 counts), Citation for Driving on Wrong Side of 4-lane Highway

 

DATE:  March 5, 2018
TIME:  8:04 PM
LOCATION: Hancock Bridge Parkway/SE 21st Avenue  
CR#:  18-004441
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1:  Blue 1985 GMC C1500, pickup truck, Florida tag.
DRIVER 1:  Thomas Allen Hinson Jr, W/M, DOB: 6/13/1986, of 1715 SE 3rd Street, Cape Coral FL.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:  Hinson suffered minor injury in the crash.

VEHICLE 2: Blue 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, four door car, Florida tag.
DRIVER 2: Rigoberto Quevedo Lemus, W/M, DOB: 11/05/1972, of Cape Coral, FL.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Quevedo Lemus suffered life threatening injury in the crash.

VEHICLE 3: Blue 2010 Honda CRV, SUV, Florida tag# 869QWB.
DRIVER 3: Henry Acosta Acevedo, W/M, DOB: 3/12/1982, of Cape Coral, FL.
DRIVER 3 INJURIES: Acosta Acevedo suffered minor injury in the crash.

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was traveling east on Hancock Bridge Parkway approaching the intersection with SE 21st Avenue and in the outside lane. Vehicle 2 was traveling west on Hancock Bridge Parkway approaching the intersection with SE 21st Avenue in the inside lane. Vehicle 3 was also traveling west on Hancock Bridge Parkway approaching the intersection with SE 21st Avenue in the inside lane and behind Vehicle 2.

Vehicle 1 swerved to the left, crossed over the east inside lane, crossed over the raised concrete center median and began traveling east in the west lanes of Hancock Bridge Parkway. The left front portion of Vehicle 1 collided head-on with the left front portion of Vehicle 2. After impact, the rear of Vehicle 1 rotated counter-clockwise and the vehicle began to roll to its right. After rolling approximately one-quarter roll, Vehicle 1’s right rear wheel struck the raised concrete center median. Vehicle 1 then landed on its right side, facing to the west in the west inside lane of Hancock Bridge Parkway. Vehicle 3 was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision; the front of Vehicle 3 collided with the rear tailgate of Vehicle 1. The impact with Vehicle 3, caused Vehicle 1 to rotate and roll toward the west and onto its roof where it came to final rest, facing to the southwest. The impact between Vehicle’s 1 and 2 forced Vehicle 2 backwards toward the east along the outside west lane of Hancock Bridge Parkway. The right rear bumper of Vehicle 2 collided with the guardrail on the north edge of the roadway. Vehicle 2 came to final rest in the outside west lane of Hancock Bridge Parkway, facing to the southwest.

The drivers of Vehicle’s 1 and 2 were trapped in their vehicles and had to be removed by Cape Coral Fire Department rescue personnel. The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered minor injury and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered life threatening injury in the crash and was trauma alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he is currently in a critical but stable condition. The driver of Vehicle 3 suffered minor injury and was released from the scene.

MCI Ofc. D. Gray and DRE Officer D. Fessel responded. Forensics and a Victim's Advocate also responded.

Alcohol/drugs ARE a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

***There are 3 traffic fatalities and 9 MCI usages in our city in 2018. (There is 1 fatality that is ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.

This 1 "medical" fatality is not included in the number of traffic fatalities).***

 Breakdown of the past several years fyi......

2018:  3 Traffic fatalities,  2 DUI related (9 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
2017: 17 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (46 MCI usages)
2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 MCI usages)
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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