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Cape driver hospitalized after accident listed in critical condition

By Staff | Nov 7, 2012

A Cape Coral man’s condition has worsened after being hospitalized last week when his semitrailer collided into a van and then a cable barrier on Interstate 75.

Clarence Nauer, 46, was listed in critical Wednesday at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after the accident, according to officials.

On Oct. 30, Nauer was traveling south in the center lane of I-75 near mile marker 122 when he swerved into the inside lane, colliding into the right side of a 2004 Ford van, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The van was being driven by Allen Kenter, 46, of Fort Myers.

Kenter pulled off the road, and Nauer returned to the center lane.

The report states that Nauer then traveled back into the inside lane and crossed the paved emergency lane, eventually colliding into a cable barrier before continuing southbound. He finally came to rest in the center lane.

Emergency personnel reported that Nauer might have been experiencing a medical condition prior to the accident. The crash is not alcohol related.

Nauer was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Late last week, hospital officials reported that his condition had been upgraded to fair.