Condition upgraded for man injured in motorcycle accident
A Cape Coral man who was hospitalized after crashing into a wooden utility pole on a motorcycle has had his condition upgraded to serious.
Neil Jesse Joiner, 25, of 3123 N.W. 16th Place, was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital last week in critical condition after the motorcycle he was riding collided with the pole in the 1800 block of Jacaranda Parkway West.
Hospital officials reported Thursday that Joiner was in serious condition.
According to police, Joiner was driving a 2001 Honda motorcycle north on Chiquita Boulevard last Friday evening when he turned west onto Jacaranda. After making the turn, he accelerated to an estimated 70 mph to 80 mph.
Witnesses told police that the front end of the motorcycle began to wobble due to the high speed. It veered to the left, exited the roadway and entered a vacant field. The motorcycle struck the pole head-on and Joiner was ejected.
The force of the collision snapped the utility pole in half.
Joiner was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital via MEDSTAR with what officials described as “life-threatening injuries.” Alcohol was reportedly a factor in the crash.
“Joiner also did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement to operate the Honda,” Connie Barron, a spokeswoman for the Cape Coral police, said.
The accident remains under investigation.