Cape man injured when pickup rolls
A Cape Coral man remained hospitalized Wednesday after he lost control of his vehicle on Burnt Store Road and was ejected.
Michael Paul Phillips III, 24, of 2104 N.W. Fourth St., was listed in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, officials reported. He was trauma-alerted to the hospital via MedStar Tuesday afternoon with life-threatening injuries after the truck he was driving rolled and crashed near Diplomat Parkway.
According to Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the Cape Coral police, emergency units responded to a 911 call about a crash near the intersection of Burnt Store and Diplomat at about 3:04 p.m. Witnesses reported that a Ford F150 had been traveling north on Burnt Store at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the Ford did not slow down upon approaching Diplomat, instead swerving into the left lane to avoid a car in the right lane that had stopped at the intersection. The vehicle continued traveling north in the left lane before the driver swerved and attempted to re-enter the right lane, officials said.
Barron reported that the Ford traveled to the edge of the road and as the driver tried to correct and swerve to the left, the truck went into a roll. The Ford flipped numerous times over a 130-foot distance, ejecting Phillips from the vehicle. He suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted from the scene.
Phillips reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.
Officials do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.