Serious Crash Results in One Death, Shutdown of Major Intersection

Serious Crash Results in One Death, Shutdown of Major Intersection
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A serious traffic crash yesterday resulted in one fatality and an extensive shutdown of a major intersection.

Officers responded to a four-vehicle crash at the intersection of Burnt Store Road and SW Pine Island Road around 11:25 a.m. Multiple agencies responded to the scene for traffic control, hazmat (after a fuel spill) and for the destruction of a traffic light control box that rendered the traffic light inoperable.

A Ping4alert was sent alerting drivers in the area. Major Crash Investigators responded to conduct the investigation.

The synopsis from the Major Crash Investigator follows:

  • VEHICLE 1: Maroon 2017 Ford Fusion, Florida tag, driven by Daria Elizabeth Kukuruza, W/F, DOB: 11-20-44, of Cape Coral, FL.
    Kukuruza suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.
  • VEHICLE 2: Green 1996 Mack 600 (Dump Truck), Florida tag, driven by Armando Rodriguez-Rodriguez, H/M, DOB: 8-19-58, of Cape Coral, FL. Rodriguez-Rodriguez suffered fatal injuries in the crash. 
  • VEHICLE 2 PASSENGER: Glenn H. Hunt Jr, W/M, DOB: 12-8-43, of Cape Coral, FL. Hunt suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.  
  • VEHICLE 3: Red 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, Florida tag, with a White 2015 Utility Box Trailer (2 axles, 16ft length), Florida tag. Driven by Michael W Gardner W/M, DOB: 10-19-63, of North Fort Myers, FL. Gardner did not suffer any injuries in the crash.
  • VEHICLE 4: White 2018 Honda Odyssey, Florida tag, driven by Ping P. Soundara, A/M, DOB: 7-4-79, of Fort Myers, FL. Soundara suffered no injuries in the crash 
  • VEHICLE 4 PASSENGER 1: Phanavonh Soundara, A/F, DOB: 9-18-92, of Fort Myers, FL. Soundara suffered no injuries in the crash
  • VEHICLE 4 PASSENGER 2: Juvenile, A/F, Age 3, of Fort Myers, FL. Juvenile suffered no injuries in the traffic crash. 
  • VEHICLE 4 PASSENGER 3: Juvenile, A/F, Age 2, of Fort Myers, FL. Juvenile suffered no injuries in the traffic crash. 

SYNOPSIS:

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Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound on CR884 (Veterans Pkwy) in the left turn lane at SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd) and entered the intersection to make a left turn (westbound) onto SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd). As Vehicle 1 turned into the intersection it crossed into the path of Vehicle 2, which was traveling southbound in the inside travel lane on CR765 (Burnt Store Rd S) crossing over SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd).

As a result of crossing into the path of Vehicle 2, Vehicle 1 was struck on the right rear side by the front of Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 while southbound on CR765 (Burnt Store Rd S) in the inside travel lane attempted to swerve to the right (west) as Vehicle 1 crossed into Vehicle 2’s path (as described above), to avoid the collision.

While swerving to the right, Vehicle 2 struck Vehicle 1 on the right rear side. Vehicle 2 began a clockwise rotation and began to overturn on its left side with the front of Vehicle 2 facing west. As Vehicle 2 overturned it landed on top of the traffic signal box and the roof of Vehicle 2 collided with the metal traffic light pole coming to a stop on the southwest corner of SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd) and CR884 (Veterans Pkwy).

After impact Vehicle 1 rotated clockwise toward the southwest corner of the intersection where Vehicle 3 was stopped for the red light in the single eastbound lane on SR78(SW Pine Island RD). As Vehicle 1 was sliding the front left of Vehicle 1 struck the front bumper of Vehicle 3 while continuing southwest toward the outside turn lane on SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd). 

Vehicle 1 continued sliding south and entered the outside turn lane of SR78 (SW Pine Island Rd) where Vehicle 4 was sitting. Vehicle 1 slid sideways into Vehicle 4 with the left side of Vehicle 1 striking the left side of Vehicle 4 where Vehicle 1 came to final rest.

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Multiple witnesses remained on scene and stated that the overhead traffic light for southbound traffic (Vehicle 2’s traffic) was solid green before Vehicle 1 crossed into the path of Vehicle 2.

Driver of Vehicle 2 suffered fatal injuries as a result of striking the traffic light pole. Driver of Vehicle 1 suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. All occupants inside Vehicle 3 and Vehicle 4 suffered no injuries in the crash. 

Traffic Homicide Investigators J. Barkley and P Wilson responded. Forensics personnel and Victim Advocates also responded. 

Alcohol/drugs ARE NOT afactor in this traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified. 

As a result of the crash the traffic lights at the intersection were completely out and will continue to be out for several hours.

If you witnessed the traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips.

***There are 15 traffic fatalities and 46 MCI usages in our city in 2020. (DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 fatality ruled “medical” (i.e. cause of death not related to traffic crash injuries)).

2020: 15 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (46 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
2019: 16 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (39 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
2018: 10 Traffic fatalities, 3 DUI related (30 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)
2017: 17 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (46 MCI usages)
2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 MCI usages) 
2015: 13 Traffic fatalities, 9 DUI related (43 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)
2014: 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related (40 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled deaths)
2013: 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (43 MCI usages)(DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)
2012: 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)

Serious Crash Results in One Death, Shutdown of Major Intersection

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