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One person dies following crash on I-75

By Staff | Jan 27, 2012

A Cape Coral man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel Friday morning and was involved in a traffic crash on Interstate 75 that left one person dead.

Demond Lorenza Winters, 36, was traveling southbound on I-75 in a Buick Lasabre when he fell asleep, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. As a result, the Buick hit the back of a Nissan Sentra in front of it.

The Nissan was being driven by Jean P. Augustin, 73, of Port Charlotte.

After the impact, the Buick traveled onto the shoulder of the road, down a grassy slope, through a ditch, up the slope and into a barbed wire fence. The Nissan rotated counterclockwise across the lanes before coming to a stop.

A passenger in the Nissan, Percide Augustin, 58, of Port Charlotte, was transported to North Collier Hospital, where she later died from injuries that she sustained in the accident. Neither Winters nor Augustin were injured.

A second passenger of Augustin’s, Yves Joseph, 48, of Port Charlotte, sustained minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital, the report states.

The crash was not alcohol related. No charges had been issued Friday.

The traffic accident remains under investigation by the FHP.