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Cape man involved in early February crash dies from injuries

By Staff | May 2, 2017

A Cape Coral driver involved in a February accident recently died from complications.

Thomas Hierspiel, 81, of 512 S.E. Sixth Terrace, died on April 20 due to complications from the injuries that he sustained in the crash. The Lee County Medical Examiner notified police on Friday.

On Feb. 4, Hierspiel was driving a Kia Soul east on Northeast Pine Island and approaching Hibiscus Drive. At 9:19 a.m., he entered the center median to turn into a business at 1929 N.E. Pine Island Road.

Cape Coral police reported that Hierspiel failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming traffic.

As he made the turn, he entered the path of a Kia Sedona headed west on Pine Island.

The front of the Sedona struck the passenger side of the Soul, according to police. As a result of the collision, the Soul was forced to the northwest and both vehicles came to a rest in the intersection.

Hierspiel sustained serious injuries and was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Police reported that he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Hospital officials previously reported that Hierspiel had been discharged as of Feb. 28.

The driver of the Sedona, Linda D. Long, 55, of 360 Hague St., North Fort Myers, sustained minor injuries, including an abrasion to her forearm.

She was not transported to a hospital for treatment.

The crash was not alcohol or drug related, according to police.