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Cape motorcyclist remains in hospital after weekend accident

By Staff | Apr 7, 2015

A Cape Coral man remained hospitalized Tuesday after his motorcycle collided with an SUV.

Robert Philip LeBlanc, 50, was listed in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Saturday following the accident on Cape Coral Parkway East, according to officials.

Cape police reported that LeBlanc was driving a Harley-Davidson east on the parkway in the middle lane, approaching the intersection of Southeast Sixth Avenue. At 11:57 p.m., a Ford Expedition headed west on the parkway attempted to make a U-turn at Sixth Avenue to travel east.

The SUV, which was being driven by Jorge Juan Ferrer, 54, of the Cape, reportedly turned in front of LeBlanc. As a result, the front of the motorcycle struck the right rear side of the Ford Expedition.

The SUV, LeBlanc and the motorcycle came to rest in the outside and middle eastbound lanes.

Prior to the impact, the motorcycle left approximately 158 of skid marks, according to police.

LeBlanc was reportedly wearing a half-shell helmet at the time. He hit his head and face against the side of the Ford Expedition and was trauma-alerted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Ferrer did not sustain any injuries in the accident.

Police reported that Ferrer said he stopped in the south turn lane at Sixth Avenue while he had a solid green light. He advised that he saw a car far down the road, but he did not see any other vehicles.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found in the saddlebags of the motorcycle.

Drug paraphernalia was also located on LeBlanc at the hospital, according to police.

All items were placed into evidence.

The crash is reportedly alcohol and drug related.

Officials reported on Sunday that charges are pending further investigation.