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Driver still in hospital after fatal accident

By Staff | Mar 23, 2016

A driver remained hospitalized Wednesday following a head-on crash that left one person dead.

Sergio Eduardo Rodriguez, 25, was listed in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken on Saturday following the accident along McGregor Boulevard, according to officials.

A passenger in Rodriguez’s vehicle, Brittany Leanne Thompson, 23, of Cape Coral, was also taken to the hospital. The Fort Myers police reported that she died from the injuries that she had sustained.

At 11:05 p.m., Rodriguez was driving a Nissan sedan eastbound on McGregor. As he passed the intersection at Lynwood Avenue, an animal reportedly ran in front of his vehicle. Rodriguez told police that his front seat passenger grabbed the steering wheel and made the vehicle swerve to the right.

According to a report, Rodriguez overcorrected and the Nissan swerved into the westbound lane of McGregor. While in the westbound lane, his vehicle struck a Dodge sedan traveling eastbound.

The driver of the Dodge, Angel Perez, 57, told police that he was just passing the intersection at Poinciana Avenue when he noticed another vehicle coming toward him in the eastbound lane. Perez said the vehicle suddenly swerved into his lane and he tried to avoid a collision, but he could not.

Rodriguez was transported to the hospital with incapacitating injuries, the report states.

Perez was not injured in the crash.

A second passenger in Rodriguez’s vehicle, Andres Jaramillo, 27, was also taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon, Jaramillo had been treated and released from the facility.

Three passengers in Perez’s vehicle – Jessica N. Groneman, 26, Kayli Ann Hoehn, 28, and Leah Brubaker, 21 – were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Hoehn and Brubaker had been treated and released.

Hospital officials reported that Groneman was not in the patient directory.

According to the report, neither Rodriguez nor his two passengers were wearing seat belts.

Police suspected alcohol use in the accident and took a blood test from Rodriguez. It is unknown if drugs were also a factor. The results of the alcohol and drug tests were pending as of Wednesday.