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Injured pedestrian discharged from hospital

By Staff | May 20, 2016

A Cape Coral man has been released from the hospital after being hit by a vehicle last year.

As of Thursday, Jason Ray Degraaf, 41, of 418 N.E. Van Loon Terrace, had been discharged from Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after the accident on Andalusia Boulevard on Feb. 4, 2015.

Police reported that Robert Neal Rodriguez, 32, of 3616 S.W. Seventh Place, was southbound on Andalusia in the outside lane in a Chevrolet Impala. At 9:11 p.m., Rodriguez observed Degraaf “run” eastbound across the road and into the path of his car in the 800 block. The Impala struck Degraaf.

According to officials, Degraaf was forced onto the car and windshield area. After the impact, the Impala came to a stop in a vacant lot. Degraaf was ejected off the car and came to a rest in a lot.

Degraaf sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital via an ambulance.

Rodriguez was not injured, nor were his two passengers – a juvenile boy and girl.

During the investigation, police determined that Rodriguez had a suspended driver’s license.

On Oct. 22, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with drive while license suspended in connection to the accident, according to court records. After pleading no contest, he was found guilty in February and sentenced to state’s probation for 36 months. He also had his driver’s license suspended for five years.