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Crash victim remains hospitalized

By Staff | Nov 9, 2011

A Cape Coral man remained hospitalized Wednesday after the Jeep that he was riding in collided into another vehicle on Hancock Bridge Parkway.

Max C. Lopez, 18, was listed in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.

At 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, Lopez was traveling eastbound on Hancock in a 2007 Jeep, being driven by Thomas Pruitt Brooks, 21, of North Fort Myers. Brooks tried to pass another vehicle headed eastbound and lost control of the Jeep.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the Jeep veered back onto the road then into the median, at which point Brooks veered back to the right. The Jeep traveled across both eastbound lanes and onto the shoulder.

Brooks overcorrected back to the right again, and the Jeep crossed the median, this time in front of a 2011 Buick traveling westbound on Hancock. The front of the Buick collided into the right passenger’s side of the Jeep.

Lopez sustained critical injuries and Brooks sustained minor injuries.

Both were transported to the hospital, and Brooks was later discharged.

The driver of the Buick, Jean Elizabeth Oberg, 73, of North Fort Myers, was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. She was later discharged.

According to the FHP, neither Brooks nor Lopez were wearing seat belts.

Authorities are awaiting test results on whether Brooks was impaired.