(July 25, 2018)-  On July 24, 2018 at approximately 10 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a traffic crash involving a tractor trailer car hauler. It was determined that the semi-truck and car hauler was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he currently remains for treatment. Below is a synopsis from the Major Crash Investigator. 

DATE:   July 24, 2018

TIME:   10:04 pm

LOCATION:   1000-block Cape Coral Parkway East

VEHICLE 1:   1999 blue Peterbilt semi-truck with attached car hauler, Florida tag# CA24AT.

DRIVER 1:   Awaiting Next of Kin notification

DRIVER 1 INJURIES:   Was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital (possible medical episode).

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was traveling eastbound in the outside travel lane of the 1000-block of Cape Coral Parkway East, just east of the intersection at Leonard Street. Vehicle 1 drifted right, mounted the raised curb and struck a tree planted on the sidewalk. Vehicle 1 continued east where it struck a traffic sign, then struck a light pole, then drove through a line of hedges along the sidewalk edge. Vehicle 1 finally struck a palm tree on the right side of the roadway and came to final rest approximately 128 feet from the area of initial impact.

The driver of Vehicle 1 was transported to a local hospital. Hospital staff advised that the driver suffered a medical episode in addition to non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the crash. The driver is listed as critical.

Major Crash Investigators, a DRE, and a Forensic Technician.

It is unknown if alcohol/drugs are a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE NOT BEEN notified.

***There are 5 traffic fatalities and 20 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.

2018= 5 Traffic Fatalities, 2 DUI related (20 MCI usages)

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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