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NFM man remains hospitalized following crash in Cape

By Staff | Nov 11, 2014

A man remained hospitalized Tuesday after a crash last week at a Cape Coral intersection.

Gustavo Rivero, 36, of North Fort Myers, was listed in good condition at a Lee Memorial Health System facility, where he was taken on Nov. 6 following the accident, according to officials.

At 2:49 p.m., a Toyota Camry was going east on Northeast Pine Island Road when the driver, Catherine Sturge, 64, of Fort Myers, tried to turn left turn onto Santa Barbara Boulevard. She allegedly turned into the right-of-way of a Kia Soul and Toyota Highlander headed west on Pine Island Road.

Police reported that the front left of the Camry hit the left rear tire of the Kia, forcing the Kia to spin around before coming to a final stop. The Camry then drove into the direct path of the Highlander.

The Camry and Highlander struck each other head on, before eventually coming to a stop.

Sturge and the front seat passenger in the Highlander, Gustavo Rivero, sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and were trauma-alerted by ambulance to a hospital, according to police.

As of Tuesday, Sturge has been released from the hospital.

The driver of the Highlander, Norberto Rivero, 71, of North Fort Myers, reportedly sustained minor injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital. As of Tuesday, he also had been released.

Police reported that the driver of the Kia, Arthur Collins, 68, of the Cape, sustained minor injuries during the crash. Collins apparently refused transport to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The accident was not alcohol or drug related.

Further investigation is being conducted, according to officials.