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Driver critically injured in Thursday morning crash

By Staff | Sep 28, 2018

Cape Coral Police are investigating a serious injury crash that sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, Cape Coral Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Del Prado Boulevard, N., and De Navarra Parkway.

According to the report, vehicle 1 was traveling east on De Navarra Parkway in the inside straight lane approaching the intersection with Del Prado Boulevard and came to a stop at the stop sign. Vehicle 2 was traveling north on Del Prado in the inside lane approaching the intersection with De Navarra. Vehicle 1 then moved straight across the southbound lanes of Del Prado into the center median crossover and again stopped. As vehicle 2 passed through the intersection, vehicle 1 began to cross the northbound lanes into the path of vehicle 2. The front of vehicle 1 collided with the left rear tire/quarter panel of vehicle 2.

The report goes on to state that after the impact, vehicle 1 rolled to a stop on De Navarra on the east side of the intersection. The impact caused vehicle 2 to rotate counter-clockwise as it continued traveling north in the inside lane. As vehicle 2 rotated to nearly 180 degrees, its right-side tires collided with the center median curb and then skidded sideways onto the grassy center median. As vehicle 2 continued skidding to the north, its right-side tires dug into the ground which caused the vehicle to roll to its right. As vehicle 2 rolled to the right the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected through the broken driver’s window and came to rest in the southbound lanes of Del Prado behind the final rest position for vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 rolled several times and came to final rest upright and facing to the southwest in the southbound lanes of Del Prado Blvd.

The driver of vehicle 1 suffered minor injuries in the crash; the passengers of vehicle 1 were not injured, the report states. The driver of vehicle 2 suffered serious life-threatening injuries in the crash and was trauma alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital where he is currently in a critical condition.

Alcohol/drugs are not a factor in the traffic crash, police said. A major crash investigator, victim advocate, forensics and a drug recognition expert responded to assist with the investigation.