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Motorcyclist injured in accident improving at Lee Memorial

By Staff | Jan 29, 2016

A motorcyclist’s condition is improving at a hospital after he and a Cape Coral driver collided.

On Thursday, Matthew Brethauer, 25, of North Fort Myers, was listed in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Sunday following the accident on Bayshore Road, according to officials.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Brethauer was headed west on a Harley-Davidson Sport motorcycle. He was traveling behind a Hyundai Elantra, driven by Kelly Driskell, 35, of the Cape. As they approached the intersection of U.S. 41, Brethauer accelerated into the right lane at about 3:16 p.m.

Driskell then changed lanes into the right lane, according to the FHP. As a result, the left side of the motorcycle collided with the right rear corner of the Hyundai.

Both vehicles came to a final stop.

Brethauer was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

The FHP reported that Driskell was not injured in the accident, nor was her passenger, Nathaniel Driskell, 8, also of the Cape.

Both Driskell and the child were wearing seat belts at the time.

An improper lane change by Driskell was cited as the cause of the crash, according to officials.