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Cape motorcyclist dies from injuries

By Staff | Apr 21, 2016

A Cape Coral motorcyclist has died from his injuries at a hospital after a recent crash.

As of Thursday, Jerry Leon Freeman, 72, of 1083 Winding Pines Circle, Apt. 103, had expired at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken on April 12 following the accident, according to officials.

Police reported that a Jeep SUV, being driven by Claudia A. Szecsei, 30, of 2636 S.W. 32nd St., was southbound on Chiquita Boulevard, toward Gleason Parkway. Freeman was northbound on Chiquita on a Harley-Davidson in the inside lane at the time. Witnesses reported that both had a green traffic light.

At 8:28 p.m., Szecsei tried to turn left onto Gleason but did not see the motorcycle.

Szecsei turned into the path of Freeman, according to police. Freeman skidded, then struck the front section of the Jeep head on. He was ejected from the motorcycle and came down on the roadway.

Both vehicles came to a stop in the middle of the intersection.

Freeman sustained life-threatening injuries and was trauma-alerted to the hospital.

Police reported that he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Neither Szecsei nor her passenger, Anna Szecsei-Sipos, 62, of 2636 S.W. 32nd St., were injured.

“In the THI (traffic homicide investigation) initial report, which is in the press release, it states that it is alcohol/drug related,” Detective Nick Malone, a CCPD spokesman, previously reported via an email.

The investigation is ongoing.