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Cape driver involved in crash that kills pedestrian

By Staff | Mar 22, 2016

A Cape Coral man was one of two drivers involved in a crash on Monday that left one dead.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that an unknown vehicle was traveling west on state Route 78, approximately 50 feet west of Woodward Avenue and approaching U.S. 41. A Ford Explorer, driven by Louis Barella, 66, of the Cape, was also headed west on Pine Island Road in the outside lane.

At about 5:27 a.m., the front of the unknown vehicle hit a pedestrian, later identified as Roy Morrison, 62, of Fort Myers. The impact forced Morrison west, and Barella attempted to swerve but could not.

As a result, the right front and undercarriage of the Ford struck Morrison, according to the FHP. Morrison came to a final rest on Pine Island in the outside lane. He sustained fatal injuries.

Barella was not injured in the accident, nor was his passenger, Victoria Barella, 62, of the Cape.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the unknown vehicle or the identity of its driver to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800. The vehicle is possibly a 1988 to 1992 Chevrolet full-size pickup or SUV with damage to the right front amber marker lens, officials reported.

The investigation is ongoing.