(August 15, 2019) - The driver whose reckless actions caused a young woman’s death in 2017 will now serve over a decade in prison after his sentence was handed down yesterday.

On June 28th, 2019 Kenneth Graves, the at-fault driver in the 2017 Thanksgiving Day fatal traffic crash, was found guilty of Vehicular Homicide. On August 14th, 2019 Graves was sentenced to 12 years in prison to be followed by an additional 3 years of probation due to his reckless driving on November 23rd, 2017, which caused the fatal traffic crash that killed 32-year-old Kennya L. Gonzalez Ojeda.

The original 2017 press release is listed below.

(November 24, 2017) - Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators are investigating a crash yesterday that sent 2 people to the hospital and shut down Veterans Memorial Parkway for hours.

Yesterday afternoon, around 3:40 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a crash in the eastbound lanes of Veterans Memorial Parkway at Country Club Boulevard.  Responding officers found that three vehicles were involved and that occupants of two of the vehicles sustained very serious injuries.  As a result, the Major Crash Investigator responded and took over the investigation.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: November 23, 2017
TIME: 3:40 PM
LOCATION: 900-block CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East)
CR#: 17-021141
ASSIGNED MCI: Officer C. Mills

VEHICLE 1: 2001 white Ford Mustang 2-door car.
DRIVER 1: Kenneth A. Graves, 36, B/M, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES:   Graves suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

VEHICLE 2: 2006 blue Toyota Prius 4-door car.
DRIVER 2: Kennya L. Gonzalez Ojeda, 32, W/F, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES:   Gonzalez Ojeda suffered life threatening injuries in the crash. Gonzalez Ojeda passed away on November 25, 2017 due to injuries she sustained in the crash.

VEHICLE 3: 2012 black Chevrolet Equinox SUV, Florida tag# EYUF92.
DRIVER 3: Crystal M. Binkley, 34, W/F, of Cape Coral, Florida.
DRIVER 3 INJURIES:   Binkley was not injured in the crash.
PASSENGER 1: Susan K. Seachrest, 55, W/F, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Seachrest was not injured in the crash.

SYNOPSIS:  Vehicle 1 was traveling westbound on CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East) approaching the intersection of Country Club Boulevard. Vehicle 2 was traveling eastbound in the inside lane of CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East) just east of Country Club Boulevard. Vehicle 3 was traveling eastbound in the outside lane of CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East) just behind Vehicle 2. Vehicle 1 lost traction and began rotating across the westbound travel lanes and left turn lanes of CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East). Vehicle 1 then crossed over the raised median, went airborne, and struck Vehicle 2. Vehicle 1 then continued rotating across the eastbound lanes of CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East) where Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 3. Vehicle 1 came to final rest on the outside shoulder of eastbound CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East). Vehicle 2 came to final rest in the inside lane of CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East). Vehicle 3 came to final rest on the outside shoulder of eastbound CR 884 (Veterans Parkway East).

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. 

The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

Due to injuries, MCI Officers A. Satterlee and C. Mills responded.  DRE Officer H. Esterle and Victim Advocate also responded.

Kenneth A. Graves,  36, B/M, of Cape Coral, Florida . Charged with Vehicular Homicide

Kenneth A. Graves, 36, B/M, of Cape Coral, Florida. Charged with Vehicular Homicide

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