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Passenger remains hospitalized following traffic crash

By Staff | Mar 16, 2013

A Cape Coral man remained hospitalized Friday after the car that he was riding in rear-ended a van that had stopped for a school bus on U.S. 41.

Pramanan Somaru, 60, was listed in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Thursday after the crash just north of Avenue A.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a school bus transporting 26 students was stopped in the southbound outside lane of U.S. 41 at about 3:38 p.m. With its lights and signs active, students were disembarking.

At the time, a 2003 Ford Focus van was stopped behind the bus.

At 3:38 p.m., the driver of a 1993 Infinity failed to notice the stopped vehicles ahead in time and tried to brake, but skidded into the rear of the Ford, the FHP reported. The Ford was pushed into the rear of the bus.

One student reported a possible injury.

No information on the child was available Friday.

The driver of the Infinity, Mahadi Somaru, 52, of Cape Coral, and one passenger, Pramanan Somaru, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Lee Memorial. Mahadi Somaru had been treated and released by Friday.

According to the FHP, the driver of the Ford and two passengers were not injured.

The driver of the school bus also did not sustain any injuries.

Mahadi Somaru was cited with careless driving.