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Sanibel Shell owner flips Porsche during test drive

By Staff | Jan 28, 2010

For the second consecutive week, commuter traffic heading towards the island came to a standstill following an accident on McGregor Boulevard in South Fort Myers.

On Thursday around 6:45 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the area near Punta Rassa Road, where a yellow 2008 Porsche Boxter had rolled over into a ditch adjacent to the roadway. The car landed next to the mangroves which border that portion of McGregor.

According to Cpl. George Kantor of the Florida Highway Patrol, the car was being driven by Kenneth Kasten, 50, owner of the Sanibel Shell Service Station. The FHP investigation revealed that Kasten had been driving the high performance vehicle in excess of 150 mph.

Kasten, who was not seriously injured in the crash, was found in the parking lot next to the Sanibel Toll Plaza. He was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Early reports of the accident claimed that the Porsche had been stolen from the business on Perwinkle Way, however, authorities later confirmed that Kasten was taking the car for a test drive.

The automobile is owned by Nanelle Wehmann, a Sanibel resident. She had dropped the car off for an oil change on Wednesday morning.

“It’s a very unfortunate accident,” said Wehmann, who confirmed that she had given permission for Kasten to take the car home overnight. “I’ve been a customer of Sanibel Shell for almost 20 years. Ken has always been very responsible and provides excellent service.”

An unidentified employee answering the phone at Sanibel Shell on Thursday afternoon declined to comment.