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Motorcyclist dies from injuries after struck by car

By Staff | Sep 16, 2009

A motorcyclist died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Cape Coral.
Donald Richard Erwin, 59, was struck while riding his motorcycle eastbound on Pine Island Road at about 1:16 p.m. by a Honda Civic driven by Virginia Murphy, according to city spokesperson Connie Barron. Erwin was not wearing a helmet.
Barron said Murphy, 62, was headed west on Pine Island when she attempted to turn left onto southbound Chiquita Boulevard, cutting off several drivers in the left turn lane and striking Erwin, who attempted to avoid the crash but lost control and skidded into Murphy’s path.
Erwin was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest in the eastbound lanes of Pine Island.
A Medstar helicopter transported Erwin to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Murphy suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Erwin is the third motorcycle death in Cape Coral in 2009 and the seventh traffic fatality, Barron said.
Police have opened a criminal investigation to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, she said.
Medstar responded to a second accident Tuesday in which a car crashed into a tree at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Diplomat Parkway.
Two people suffered injuries as a result of the crash, and both were transported by helicopter to the hospital, according to Barron. Their conditions were not available Tuesday evening.