Driver suffers life-threatening injuries in rollover crash
The 24-year-old driver of a pickup truck suffered life-threatening injuries after being thrown from his vehicle on Burnt Store Road Tuesday afternoon.
Michael Paul Phillips III , no address available, was transported via MedStar to Lee Memorial as a trauma alert.
Cape Police and Fire units responded to a 911 call at 3:06 p.m., reporting a crash near the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Diplomat Parkway.
According to witnesses, Phillips’ white, Ford F150 was traveling northbound on Burnt Store Road at a high rate of speed approaching the intersection of Diplomat Parkway. The driver did not slow down and swerved into the left lane to avoid a car that was properly stopped in the northbound lane at the intersection. The truck continued traveling north in the left lane. As the truck edged off the side of the roadway, the driver swerved to the right and attempted to reenter the right, northbound lane. However, the truck traveled off the right edge of the road and, as the driver attempted to correct and swerve to left, the truck went into a roll, flipping numerous times over a 130-foot distance and ejecting Phillips from the vehicle, officials said.
Philips was not wearing a seatbelt. He suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted from the scene. He was at Lee Memorial, listed in critical condition, early Tuesday evening.
His next of kin has been notified, officials said.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department