(August 19, 2019) - A man injured in a July 25th, 2019 traffic crash in South Cape Coral has sadly died due to the injuries he sustained that day.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit was notified on August 15th of the passing of Roger Sowards of Cape Coral. The original crash synopsis from the investigators is below.
SYNOPSIS (DELAYED FATALITY CRASH):
DATE: July 25, 2019
TIME: 2:21 PM
LOCATION: Chiquita Boulevard S / SW 30th Terrace
ASSIGNED THI: Officer P. Wilson
VEHICLE 1: Red, Top Mobility King Cobra, Mobility Scooter.
PEDESTRIAN 1: Roger Sowards W/M, DOB: 8/15/1940, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Sowards initially suffered injuries during the crash which were not believed to be life threatening, but later died as a result of his injuries.
VEHICLE 2: Red 2011 Lincoln MKZ, 4-door car, FL tag.
DRIVER 2: William G. Lachemayer, W/M, DOB: 8/24/1947, of North Fort Myers, FL.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Lachemayer suffered no injuries in the crash.
Vehicle 1, an electric mobility scooter, was traveling eastbound on South West 30th Terrace approaching Chiquita Boulevard South. Vehicle 2 was traveling Southbound on Chiquita Boulevard South approaching South West 30th Terrace. Vehicle 1 proceeded through the stop sign, without slowing or stopping, at the intersection of South West 30th Terrace and Chiquita Boulevard South, into the travel path of Vehicle 2. Driver of Vehicle 2 took corrective action but was unable to avoid collision with Vehicle 1. The passenger front bumper of Vehicle 2 collided with the left front portion of Vehicle 1, rotating Vehicle 1 counter-clockwise before rolling to its left side ejecting it’s occupant, Pedestrian 1. Pedestrian 1 was found to be at fault, for the crash, for failing to yield the right of way to Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 was determined to be traveling at the speed limit prior to corrective actions.
Pedestrian 1 was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with injuries which were not thought to be life threatening. On August 15, 2019, the Cape Coral Police Traffic Homicide Unit was notified by the District 21 Medical Examiner’s office that Roger Sowards died as a result of complications from injuries he suffered in the traffic crash.
The driver of Vehicle 2 was not injured in the crash.
Alcohol/drugs ARE NOT a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin were notified by hospital staff.
***There are 11 traffic fatalities and 13 MCI usages in our city in 2019. (There is 1 fatality that is ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.)
2019: 11 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (13 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled deaths)
2018: 8 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (30 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)
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)