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Cape driver hits man, charged with careless driving

By Staff | Jul 6, 2016

A pedestrian was hospitalized today after being struck by a Cape Coral driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Joseph Jacob Sickler, 34, was driving a Toyota Camry eastbound on Littleton Road, approximately 50 feet west of Windmill Boulevard. At the time, roadside work was being conducted by Asplundh Tree Expert Company on the south shoulder of the road.

At about 8:40 a.m., the right front of the Toyota struck Hector Pualino Ortiz Gonzalez, 45, of Lehigh Acres, who was standing in the center of the eastbound lane and working as a flagger.

Sickler attempted to avoid Gonzalez by swerving to the left, but was unable to avoid the collision, according to the FHP. He told authorities that he was looking at his radio prior to the collision.

Gonzalez was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Sickler was not injured in the accident.

The FHP charged Sickler with careless driving.

The crash was not alcohol related.