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Injured Cape Coral man improving following crash

By Staff | May 6, 2016

A Cape Coral driver involved in a serious crash last month is improving at a local hospital.

As of Thursday, Michael Grossman, 30, of 305 N.W. 22nd Place, was listed in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken following the accident on April 17, according to officials.

Police reported that Grossman was driving a Nissan Maxima westbound on Cape Coral Parkway in the inside lane when he came up behind another vehicle in the 300 block that was also headed westbound.

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.

Front seat passenger Derrick Anthony Walker, 30, of 305 Ariana St., Lakeland, came to a stop with the top portion of the Nissan in the driveway. The sole back seat passenger, Stephen Campanella, 31, of 1767 Four Mile Cove Parkway, Apt. 834, stayed inside the vehicle’s main portion, according to police.

Both Walker and Campanella were wearing seat belts at the time.

All three men were trauma-alerted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Walker and Campanella have since been treated and released.

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

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

The investigation is ongoing.