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Cape man dies after car lands in canal

By Staff | Feb 12, 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, at around 10:15 p.m, a vehicle drove into a canal in the 1400 block of El Dorado Parkway, W. According to a report from the Cape Coral Police Department, the driver of the vehicle, Robert Alan Zarnik of Cape Coral, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The CCPD report indicates that Zarnik was driving a 2017 Ford Mustang east on El Dorado Parkway, W., at approximately 50 miles per hour, when he approached the end of the street. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an inclined hill and became airborne. The report indicates the Mustang traveled approximately 75 feet in the air, landing in a canal.

Zarnik, the report states, was unable to get out of the vehicle and was removed by a CCPD diver. Zarnik had reportedly been in the submerged vehicle for several minutes before he was removed and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Cape Police report that at this time it is unknown if alcohol/drugs are a factor in this traffic crash.

The accident is still under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the traffic crash can contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips?