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Driver injured in crash released from hospital

By Staff | Jul 21, 2016

A Cape Coral driver has been released from the hospital following a four-vehicle accident.

As of Thursday, Joseph Anthony Mancini, 42, had been discharged from Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after the Veterans Memorial Parkway and Country Club Boulevard crash, officials said.

Another involved driver, Jose Abraham Nieves, 52, of the Cape, died from his injuries.

At 6:43 p.m. June 27, Nieves was eastbound on Veterans in a Dodge when a Hyundai traveling westbound on Veterans and approaching Country Club reportedly crossed over the center median in the 900 block and entered the eastbound lane. The front the Hyundai struck the front of the Dodge.

Nieves’ car came to a rest in the road, while the Hyundai spun and crossed back over the median, according to police. The Hyundai collided into a Ford stopped in the left turn lane at Veterans before continuing westbound, where the rear of the Hyundai hit the front of a Toyota and came to a stop.

Nieves and the driver of the Hyundai, Mancini, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Both men were trauma-alerted to the hospital, where Nieves later died.

The driver of the Ford, Steven Scott Pawlowski, 50, of the Cape, was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Toyota, Mireille Louis Jean, 54, of Lehigh Acres, had minor injuries, while her two passengers – Sarah Louis Jean, 24, and Marc Louis Jean, 22, also of Lehigh – were not injured.

The accident is not alcohol or drug related, according to police.