On February 13, 2019, Morgan Skau turned herself in at the Cape Coral Police Department due to being charged with permitting an unauthorized operator to drive (Fla. Stat. 322.26). The Traffic Homicide Investigation revealed that, Morgan Skau, who was a passenger in Vehicle 1 during a traffic crash that resulted in fatal injuries to another driver, knowingly allowed an unlicensed driver, Brett Pelham, to drive her pickup truck. Morgan Skau was turned over to the Juvenile Assessment Center at the Lee County Jail.
On August 5, 2019, Defendant Morgan Skau entered an open plea in court. Morgan Skau was adjudicated guilty, however, Judge Swett postponed sentencing until August 12, 2019. On August 12, 2019, Judge Swett sentenced Morgan Skau as follows:
1 year suspension of driver's license
6 months probation
50 hours of community service for every month of probation
6 PM to 6 AM curfew
Substance abuse counseling
Aggressive driving course
Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma course
Victim impact panel
$500 fine, plus court costs
The events causing the fatal traffic crash are in the original press release is below.
DATE: October 25, 2018
TIME: 8:28 AM
LOCATION: Diplomat Pkwy W/Nelson Rd
ASSIGNED THI: Officer D. Gray
VEHICLE 1: Beige 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, Florida tag# 825QLV.
DRIVER 1: Brett Dwight Pelham, Cape Coral, FL.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Pelham suffered serious injuries in the crash.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER 1: Morgan Amanda Skau, , Bokeelia, FL.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Skau suffered serious injury in the crash.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER 2: Anthony Celia, , Cape Coral, FL.
VEHICLE 1 PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: Celia suffered serious injury in the crash.
VEHICLE 2: White 2018 Toyota Corolla four door car, Florida tag# CPSQ42.
DRIVER 2: Jill Marie Mandeville, Cape Coral, FL.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Mandeville suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Vehicle 1 was traveling west on Diplomat Pkwy W, approaching the intersection with Nelson Rd N, in the outside lane. Vehicle 2 was traveling south on Nelson Rd N, approaching the intersection with Diplomat Pkwy W, and in the inside lane and at a high speed. Vehicle 2 stopped at the stop sign and then began to proceed south across the intersection. Vehicle 1 failed to stop at the stop sign and skidded into the intersection. The front of Vehicle 1 collided with the driver’s door of Vehicle 2. The impact with Vehicle 1 forced Vehicle 2 to the west for approximately 90 feet where it came to final rest facing to the southwest across both westbound lanes of Diplomat Pkwy. After the impact, Vehicle 1 continued traveling to the west along Diplomat Pkwy while rotating nearly 180 degrees. Vehicle 1 came to final rest facing to the southeast in the west outside lane of Diplomat Pkwy.
The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver and passengers of Vehicle 1 suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, and all were transported by ambulance to Lee Memorial Hospital. None of the occupants in Vehicle 1 were wearing seatbelts. The driver of Vehicle 1 does not have a driver’s license. The investigation is on-going and charges are pending.