Driver Fails to Yield Right of Way to Dump Truck

A vehicle traveling westbound on Tropicana Parkway failed to yield the right of way and pulled out onto Burnt Store Road North directly in front of a dump truck. The T-bone collision resulted in the vehicle spinning several times and ultimately flipping over. Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene. The synopsis of the crash from the Major Crash Investigator is as follows:

VEHICLE 1: 2016 Nissan Rogue, Florida tag, driven by James J Burns, DOB 03/13/1964, of North Fort Myers. Burns suffered life-threatening injuries which were later downgraded to non-life-threatening.

VEHICLE 2: 2001 Western Star FX-4964 dump truck, Florida tag, driven by Eugenio Cardet-Garcia, DOB 09/08/1964, of Cape Coral. Cardet-Garcia suffered no injuries in the crash.

SYNOPSIS:

Driver Fails to Yield Right of Way to Dump Truck

Vehicle 1 was traveling westbound on Tropicana Parkway West in the inside travel lane approaching the intersection of Burnt Store Road North. Vehicle 1 had a stop sign.

Vehicle 2 was traveling northbound on Burnt Store Road North in the outside travel lane approaching the intersection of Tropicana Parkway West. Vehicle 2 did not have a stop sign. Vehicle 1 failed to yield the right of way and pulled out onto Burnt Store Road North directly in front of Vehicle 2. 

Vehicle 2 was unable to stop in time and the front bumper of Vehicle 2 struck the left side of Vehicle 1 (T-bone collision). Vehicle 2 began a counterclockwise rotation while being pushed in a northwest direction. Vehicle 1 left the roadway and entered the center grassy median and overturned and came to final rest on its driver side facing southeast. CCFD responded to extract the driver from the vehicle. 

Driver Fails to Yield Right of Way to Dump Truck

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital as a trauma alert. While at the hospital, medical staff downgraded the driver’s injuries to serious but non-life-threatening. The driver of Vehicle 2 did not sustain any injuries in the crash. 

Alcohol/drugs are NOT a factor in this crash. Speed is NOT a factor in this crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified. 

If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling 239-574-3223.

Driver Fails to Yield Right of Way to Dump Truck

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