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Man released from hospital following single-car crash

By Staff | Apr 21, 2016

One person has been released from the hospital following a serious accident last weekend.

As of Thursday, Stephen Campanella, 31 of 1767 Four Mile Cove Parkway, Apt. 834, had been discharged from Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after the crash, according to officials.

The Cape Coral police reported that Michael Grossman, 30, of 305 N.W. 22nd Place, was driving a Nissan Maxima westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the inside lane on Sunday. In the 300 block, he came up behind a second vehicle at a high rate of speed that was also westbound in the inside lane.

A witness reported that Grossman changed to the middle lane to pass the other vehicle at 11:52 p.m., then immediately returned to the inside lane. In the process, Grossman lost control of the vehicle.

Officials estimated that he was traveling about 80 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The Nissan entered the median, where it sideswiped two palm trees, according to police. The vehicle continued westbound in the median and struck a tree head on. The front of the Nissan wrapped around the tree and the rest was redirected counterclockwise, causing the vehicle to break into three sections.

The front of the Nissan stayed wrapped around the tree. The middle section traveled westbound, striking two more trees before stopping 80 feet away. The top portion and part of the front and back seats came to a stop in a driveway at 314 W. Cape Coral Parkway, 119 feet from the first impact.

Officials reported that Grossman was ejected. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The front seat passenger, Derrick Anthony Walker, 30, of 305 Ariana St., Lakeland, came to rest with the top portion of the Nissan in the driveway. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Campanella, the back seat passenger, remained inside the main portion of the vehicle.

He was wearing a seat belt, according to police.

All three men were trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

At the hospital, it was learned that Grossman had a blood alcohol content of 0.230, police reported.

In the state of Florida, a BAC of .08 or greater is considered impaired.

On Thursday, Grossman remained in critical at the hospital. Walker was listed in fair condition.

The investigation is ongoing.