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Crash victim improving

By Staff | Nov 26, 2014

A woman in a motorcycle crash last month in Cape Coral is improving at the hospital.

Liset Dayana Sanchez-Castro, 24, of Rionegreo, Colombia, was listed in good condition Wednesday at Lee Memorial Hospital, where she was taken Oct. 12 after the accident, according to officials.

At 11:46 p.m., Sanchez-Castro was headed eastbound on Retunda Parkway West on a Yamaha R6 motorcycle, driven by Santiago Cadavid-Velasquez, 25, of 3929 Maxine St., Fort Myers. As the two came upon Country Club Boulevard, Cadavid-Velasquez reportedly failed to stop for the stop sign.

According to a police report, the Yamaha traveled east across the southbound lanes of Country Club, then the front tire hit the concrete median. Cadavid-Velasquez and Sanchez-Castro were ejected.

The motorcycle began to overturn and landed in the northbound lanes of Country Club, before it continued eastbound and struck the curb on the east side of the road. The report states that Cadavid-Velasquez and Sanchez-Castro also continued to travel eastbound, coming to rest in a grassy area.

Cadavid-Velasquez sustained life-threatening injuries due to the crash and died on scene.

Sanchez-Castro also sustained life-threatening injuries and was trauma-alerted to the hospital.

According to the report, Cadavid-Velasquez was driving an estimated 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. Neither he nor Sanchez-Castro were wearing a helmet or eye protection at the time of the accident.

It is still unknown whether the crash was alcohol or drug related.

“It will be weeks before that determination is made as we wait for toxicology results,” Sgt. Dana Coston, spokesman for the Cape Coral Police Department, said Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing.