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Woman involved in traffic accident released from hospital

By Staff | Feb 26, 2013

A Cape Coral woman has been released from the hospital after she collided head-on with another vehicle last week in a crash that left one man dead.

As of Tuesday, Francisca A. Espinel, 56, of 10 S.E. 14th Court, had been discharged from Lee Memorial Hospital, where she was taken Feb. 20.

According to the Cape police, Espinel was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe east on Hancock Bridge Parkway when she hit a sign and jumped the raised cement median in the 2100 block at approximately 7:01 a.m.

The Hyundai collided head-on with a westbound Honda mini-van, driven by Mark A. Salyer, 57, of 607 S.E. 30th St. Salyer had been switching lanes to the inside lane, after passing a commercial truck, when the vehicles hit.

The impact forced the Honda off the road to the north.

The Hyundai then collided with the westbound commercial truck.

All three vehicles involved in the accident came to a rest.

Salyer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Espinel sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The driver of the commercial truck, Floyd Simmons, 59, of 15271 Johnson St., Fort Myers, reportedly did not sustain any injuries in the accident.

According to police, neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Salyer represented the Cape’s sixth traffic fatality this year.