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Accident victims released from hospital

By Staff | Jan 27, 2012

A Cape Coral woman and three teens involved in a recent crash in North Fort Myers that left one person dead have been released from the hospital.

Maureen Marie Mitchell, 41, of the Cape, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital on Jan. 14 after a driver tried to make a left turn at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Lake Fairways Boulevard and crossed into the path of Mitchell’s Jeep. Mitchell sustained serious injuries, along with her passengers, Cortney Genovesi, Rhyannan Campos and Mckayla Snow, who are all ages 12 to 13.

As of Friday, Mitchell had been discharged from the hospital, as well as Cortney and Mckayla. According to hospital officials, Rhyannan could not be found in the hospital directory so no update was available on her condition.

Epamin G. Vastardis, 85, of North Fort Myers, was headed northbound on U.S. 41 in a Chevy Malibu when he attempted to turn left onto Lake Fairways at about 7:15 p.m., according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Vastardis entered the path of a southbound Jeep Liberty, being driven by Mitchell. The front of the Jeep collided into the right side of the Chevy. Both vehicles rotated, and the Chevy veered off the road into a drainage ditch.

Vastardis was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.

Mitchell and the teens were transported to the hospital.

According to the report, Vastardis and Mitchell had a solid green light.

The crash was not alcohol related, and no test results are pending.