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Details released in Veteran’s Parkway crash

By Staff | May 2, 2010

Four North Fort Myers men were injured Saturday in the single-vehicle accident that closed Veteran’s Parkway through the afternoon.
Two passengers were ejected after the driver of a Dodge truck lost control of the vehicle when an attached trailer bearing lawn equipment began to fishtail.
Mark Smith, 52, of 1146 Travis Ave., suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital via Medstar. officials said. Raymond King, 22, of 1204 Travis Ave., was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital via ambulance with serious injuries.
The driver of the truck, Vincent E. Ehrhardt, 24, and passenger Edward R. Ehrhardt, 38, both of 1146 Travis Ave. suffered minor injuries and were transported to Cape Coral Hospital.
The accident happened at 2:05 p.m. in the 500 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway.
A 2004 Dodge truck driven by Vincent Ehrhardt was westbound on Veterans in the middle lane pulling a trailer containing lawn equipment. According to witnesses, the trailer began to fishtail, causing the driver to lose control of the truck. The trailer detached from the truck, and the truck began to rotate in a counterclockwise direction, pointing the vehicle in a southwest direction. The truck and detached trailer then entered the median, and the truck continued to rotate as it crossed toward the eastbound lanes of Veterans. As the truck exited the median, it began to roll. The two rear seat passengers, Smith and King, were ejected. The truck came to rest on its left side in the open field south of Veterans Parkway. The lawn equipment detached from the trailer and came to rest in the eastbound lanes of Veterans, while the trailer continued to rotate over and ended upside down in the middle lane of eastbound Veterans.
Veterans Parkway was closed in both directions between Santa Barbara Boulevard and Skyline Boulevard for about six hours as Cape Police conducted their accident investigation. A traffic homicide investigation is continuing. Additional details will be provided when available, officials said.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department