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Two teens injured in weekend roll-over crash

By Staff | Dec 19, 2017

Two Cape Coral teens were hospitalized over the weekend after a serious roll-over crash.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was driving a Jeep Cherokee SUV east in the 200 block of Southeast 10th Terrace. According to a police, the Jeep was moving at a high rate of speed.

As the SUV approached a right-hand bend in the road in the 300 block, the teen over-corrected and drove off the road. As he attempted to get back onto the road, the Jeep crossed Southeast 10th Terrace diagonally and its rear end rotated. The SUV left the road to the left, hitting a mailbox at 241 S.E. 10th Terrace.

Police reported that the Jeep continued to slide sideways to the southeast, through the lawn of the residence. It then tilted to its left, rolling across the driveways and lawns of three more homes.

The SUV struck the rear of a Chevy Cruz parked in a driveway at 307 S.E. 10th Terrace. The Jeep then continued to the southeast, striking the home’s mailbox before coming to rest on its side on the lawn.

The teen driver was ejected from the SUV as the vehicle rolled, according to police.

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

A passenger in the Jeep, a 15-year-old Cape boy, was wearing a seat belt during the accident. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The identity and hospital conditions of the teens were unknown as of Tuesday.

Police noted that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

A witness told officers that he saw the Jeep prior to the accident doing “at least 100 miles per hour,” according to a report. Police estimated that the vehicle was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The teen driver was found at fault in the accident.

He will be cited for the appropriate violations, police reported.