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Cape police: Driver suffers heart attack, dies following crash

By Staff | Nov 22, 2009

The city of Cape Coral registered its eighth traffic fatality Saturday morning when the driver of a 2005 Buick LeSabre suffered a heart attack, lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole, a stop sign and finally a tree in a median, officials said Saturday.
Regis A. Dolinak, 74, of 628 S.E. 19th Lane, died at Lee Memorial Hospital where he was taken after the crash.
Cape Police and Fire units responded to a traffic accident involving a single vehicle with one occupant in the 2100 block of Academy Boulevard at 11:07 a.m. According to witnesses, Dolinak was traveling south on Academy Boulevard when his gold Buick drifted to the right and exited the roadway. The car struck a wooden utility pole, knocking the pole down, and then continued south across Southeast 21st Street and struck a stop sign. The Buick drifted back to the left, across the southbound lanes of Academy Boulevard and entered the median where it struck a tree and came to its final rest.
Witnesses rushed to the vehicle and saw that the male driver unresponsive, officials said.
Dolinak was transported by ambulance to the Lee Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:54 a.m. Emergency staff indicated that Dolinak suffered a heart attack before the crash, which caused his death. An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.

Source: City of Cape Coral