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Motorcyclist recovering following crash

By Staff | Jan 29, 2015

A motorcyclist is improving at the hospital after he recently rear-ended another motorcycle.

Douglas Charles Westpfahl, 63, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was in serious condition on Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Jan. 18 following the accident on Pine Island Road.

According to the Cape Coral police, Westpfahl was traveling eastbound on Pine Island in the outside lane on a Harley Davidson. He was several car lengths behind an eastbound pack of motorcycles.

Witnesses reported that they were driving in the inside lane when the pack passed them on the right. After the pack passed, it shifted to the inside lane. Westpfahl did the same, changing to the inside lane, and approached the rear of the rear rider in the pack, Victor Earl Mastrogiovanni, 45, of Cape Coral.

At about 6:45 p.m., Westpfahl reportedly braked hard and hit the back of Mastrogiovanni’s motorcycle in the 2600 block. The impact caused both motorcycles to go down, and both drivers were ejected.

Westpfahl sustained several life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital, police reported. Mastrogiovanni sustained minor injuries and was trauma-alerted via ambulance to Lee Memorial.

Mastrogiovanni has since been treated and released, according to hospital officials.

A report states that Westpfahl’s BAC was 0.176 at the time of the crash.

Police reported on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.