‘Encouraging signs’ in officer’s recovery after motorcycle crash
Cape Coral police officer Damien Garcia continues to show some positive signs in his quest toward recovery, according to city officials.
Garcia was critically injured while on duty June 2 when his motorcycle collided with an SUV. He was transferred to a Miami hospital June 16.
“Damien’s condition continues to show encouraging signs that he can survive this tragedy,” said Police Chief Rob Petrovich. “As each day goes by, Damien’s survival seems to be less in question, and the focus is more toward the extent of his recovery.”
Garcia’s family, who lives in the Miami area, is heartened by the support they are receiving from the Cape Coral community, as well as the stories they hear from survivors of similar injuries, officials said.
Several fund-raisers have been scheduled to support Garcia and his family.
A motorcycle run is set for Saturday. Cost is $20 per bike. Registration will be held at the Victory Lane Café at 4120 Hancock Bridge Parkway. Motorcyclists will depart at 11 a.m. and travel a prepared route that will pass in front of the Cape Coral Police Department.
The riders will proceed to Geo’s Italian Restaurant at 1140 Ceitus Terrace, off of Pine Island Road. The restaurant will have a live band and food, and non-riders are welcome to join the participants at the restaurant.
Lowes Home Improvement Center on Pine Island Road will host a benefit from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4 to raise funds for Garcia. It will include a dunk tank, classic car show, Cape Coral Fire Department truck display and raffles.
Lowes also will collect money through a bucket drive in front of the store.