Driver dies following crash on Cape Coral Parkway
A Tampa man succumbed Tuesday night to injures suffered in a traffic crash on Cape Coral Parkway.
Spencer Bryan Emmons, 39, was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m. at Lee Memorial Hospital.
His death is the ninth traffic fatality in Cape Coral in 2009.
The single-car accident occurred Friday at approximately 4:06 p.m. in the 1700 block of Cape Coral Parkway. A 2004 black Dodge Viper, driven by Emmons, was heading westbound on the parkway from the Cape Coral Bridge when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into trees.
According to witnesses, the Viper was traveling at a high rate of speed, changing lanes numerous times and passing vehicles.
The Viper moved to an outside lane from the middle lane and then attempted to enter back into the middle lane. Emmons overcorrected as his vehicle entered the middle lane, and the Viper pulled to the right, officials said in a prepared statement. Emmons lost control, and the Viper continued to the right side of the roadway and began to rotate clockwise. The vehicle struck the curb, traveled across the sidewalk and entered an area of trees in front of Clipper Bay Condominiums. The vehicle struck several trees with two of them hitting and crushing the driver’s door area.
Emmons was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by Cape Fire units.
He was airlifted by Medstar to Lee Memorial Hospital where he died a few hours later.
Emmons passenger, Henry Leo Albrecht, 38, of 2430 Everest Parkway, was able to exit the vehicle on his own. Albrecht suffered multiple injuries and was transported via ambulance to Cape Coral Hospital.
Cape Coral Parkway was closed in both directions for an hour as emergency responders worked to remove Emmons from the vehicle.
Alcohol was involved in the accident, officials reported.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department