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NFM motorcyclist killed in Cape Coral crash

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

A motorcyclist died Tuesday after he struck a vehicle that was on the wrong side of the road.

Joseph Patrick Brocato, 56, of North Fort Myers, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cape Coral police reported that Nora Maria Lopez, 67, of Hialeah, was driving a Dodge Journey westbound in the eastbound lanes of Veterans Parkway in the 2400 block. At 10:30 p.m., she realized she was on the wrong side of the road and stopped the minivan to make a three-point turn in the road.

At the same time, Brocato made a left turn onto Veterans from Surfside Boulevard and was traveling eastbound in the outside lane on a Harley Davidson. As the Dodge was diagonal across the merger and outside lanes, Brocato saw the minivan and took evasive action, trying to swerve into the inside lane.

The front end of the motorcycle struck the right rear of the Dodge, according to police. Brocato was ejected from the motorcycle, striking the ground in the inside eastbound lane and sliding to a rest near the median. Following the collision, the motorcycle slid to its final stop in the inside eastbound lane.

The impact of the collision caused the minivan to rotate clockwise before coming to a rest.

Police reported that Brocato sustained fatal injuries in the accident.

Lopez was not injured, nor was her passenger, Grisel Maria Muina, 68, of Miami.

The crash is not alcohol or drug related, according to police.

The investigation continues.