A late evening crash on Chiquita Boulevard necessitated a trauma alert for one driver and resulted in the DUI arrest of the other driver.
Multiple patrol units as well as Major Crash Investigators from the CCPD Traffic Unit responded to the crash. The Major Crash Investigator’s crash synopsis is below, followed by arrest information.
VEHICLE 1: 2019 black Ford F350 truck, driven by Blain Stephen Brown, W/M, DOB: 9-18-93, Yacht Club Basin (lives on boat.) Brown suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
VEHICLE 2: 2015 silver Hyundai 4-door car, driven by a W/F, age 26, of Cape Coral. Female suffered serious bodily injury (stable condition) in the traffic crash.
Vehicle 2 was driving North on the 5200 block of Chiquita Boulevard in the inside lane just before 11 pm on Sunday night. Vehicle 1 was traveling North on Chiquita Boulevard in the inside lane, approaching the rear of Vehicle 2 at a high rate of speed.
Vehicle 1 did not slow and struck the rear of Vehicle 2 causing excessive crush. Vehicle 1 crushed the rear trunk of Vehicle 2 into the interior of the vehicle and continued to push Vehicle 2 North for approximately 182 feet.
Vehicle 1 continued to push Vehicle 2 through two residential front yards where the front of Vehicle 2 struck a palm tree and a wood LCEC utility pole, snapping the pole at the base. Vehicle 1 continued pushing Vehicle 2 and caused it to strike a large palm tree which sheared down the entire driver’s side of the vehicle.
Both vehicles came to rest in a front yard with the front of Vehicle 1 still crushed into the back seat of Vehicle 2.
The driver of Vehicle 2 was initially trauma alerted to a local hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. The driver of Vehicle 1 was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver of Vehicle 2 suffered serious but NOT life-threatening injuries (listed in stable condition).
At the hospital a DUI investigation ensued and the driver of Vehicle 1 was placed under arrest for DUI. Medical blood alcohol levels showed that the driver of Vehicle 1 had a medical BAC of 0.226.
Due to initial injuries and the excessive nature of the crash, THI Satterlee and Forensics responded. The driver of Vehicle 1 was arrested for DUI with BAC over 0.150, DUI Causing Property Damage (4 counts), and DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Further follow up is being conducted to assist with determining the speed at the time of the crash (potential further charges).