Two vehicles racing on NE Pine Island Road caused a single-vehicle crash this weekend that resulted in the driver losing his arm. Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The synopsis of the crash:
DATE: September 11, 2021 at approximately 7:20 pm at 1100 NE Pine Island Road.
VEHICLE 1: 2016 blue Ford Mustang, Florida tag, driven by Ariel Gonzalez Rodon, H/M, 5-6-75, of Cape Coral. Rodon suffered life-threatening injuries, including one arm amputation.
PASSENGER: Rafael Perez Martinez, H/M, 9-16-88, of Cape Coral. Martinez suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
VEHICLE 2: Unknown year dark-colored Ford Mustang.
According to witnesses, Vehicle 1 was in the right lane of Pine Island Road, facing West, at the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard. Vehicle 2 was in the left lane directly next to Vehicle 1. Both vehicles were traveling West on NE Pine Island Road racing each other. Witnesses report that both vehicles were going in excess of 100 mph.
At the intersection of NE 10th Place, a vehicle traveled South across the intersection and Vehicle 1 swerved left to avoid it. While doing so at the high rate of speed, Vehicle 1 lost control, veered back right, and traveled off the North edge of the roadway. Vehicle 1 traveled 170 feet through the ditch and then exited out the other side where it became airborne. Vehicle 1 traveled 37 feet airborne and then began to roll violently for 185 feet before coming to rest on all four wheels.
A witness and an off-duty CCPD officer applied a tourniquet to one arm of the driver of Vehicle 1. Both occupants were trauma alerted by ambulance to Lee Memorial Hospital due to injuries.
At Lee Memorial Hospital, the driver of Vehicle 1 was rushed into emergency surgery where one arm was amputated. The driver of Vehicle 1 is listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered minor injuries in the traffic crash.
It is unknown if alcohol/drugs are involved in this traffic crash. The next of kin has been notified.
This case is pending further investigation and potential criminal charges.
Realtors, title companies and lot owners should be keenly aware of a current common scam involving illegally and fraudulently selling lots away from unknowing owners.
The Cape Coral Police Department has received numerous complaints of title fraud occurring or being attempted. The scam has shown that suspects are compromising the identities of the legitimate landowners and attempting to sell real property in Cape Coral. These reports have primarily affected victims living out of the country, but have also affected landowners living domestically. These scammers are providing fraudulent documents as identification to impersonate legitimate owners.
Many of the complaints have been related to vacant, unimproved lots located in various sections of the City.
Throughout the numerous investigations, our detectives have been able to develop similar trends in each of the listings and subsequent closing transactions.
Here are some things Cape Coral Police Detectives recommend realtors and title companies look out for when being contacted to sell properties:
The scammers want a valuation of the property and express a desire for a quick sale and closing
The scammers are asking realtors to list the property below market value
The scammers are only communicating via text messaging or email, and are typically “unavailable” by telephone
The scammers are usually unable to answer questions related to the property, such as assessments paid, seawall, or other improvements.
Scammers may say they live in one country and have documents “notarized” from another country; the scammers may give wire instructions to an account in a third country different from the previous two
Check the documents the seller provides for authenticity
Foreign-based notarization should include Apostle to help verify legitimacy of identification
Try to contact the real owners utilizing information from the previous purchase
Verify IP addresses used to electronically sign documents (examples: DocuSign, DotLoop, or other similar products) and see if the IP address matches the location of the seller
If you have any questions or believe that you may have been scammed, please email our Financial Crimes Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee County Government is increasing public outreach efforts to bring awareness among residents, business owners and motorcyclists during September about the now-permanent All-Electronic Tolling for the Midpoint, Cape Coral and Sanibel Causeway bridges.
Lee County has used All-Electronic Tolling since the pandemic began in 2020. The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted in June and August this year to maintain this to align with the State’s SunPass program, to return to the same tollway fee structure that was in place before the pandemic, and to adjust motorcyclists’ toll pricing to align with vehicles.
This means that on Oct. 1, the county will be re-instating the $3 administrative fee for pay-by-plate customers, which affects motorists who do not have a transponder or do not maintain a positive balance in their LeeWay account.
Transponders used for all-electronic tolling are available, free of charge, at www.leewayinfo.com.
LeeWay transponders also are available at the customer service center. Motorists with transponders are not charged the administrative fee. Several other toll agency transponders work at county toll plazas as well. Motorcycle customers also are eligible to obtain a transponder.
The county will use various platforms to convey the information, including billboards, social media, the county website, direct mail and customer-service interaction.
The county created a communication toolbox at www.leegov.com/tolls. It includes a video, social media graphics, a billboard graphic, Frequently Asked Questions and news releases. The county is partnering with its municipal partners, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders to assist with public outreach and awareness.
The Florida Department of Health-Lee (FDOH-Lee) and Lee County government are collaborating to expand COVID-19 testing using a vendor, Nomi Health. FDOH-Lee has an agreement with Nomi Health to increase drive-thru COVID-19 testing appointments at its clinic.
PCR and antigen tests will now be available by appointment only 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the FDOH-Lee clinic, 3920 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers.
Lee County is allowing use of its CenturyLink Sports Complex for Nomi Health to operate a drive-thru COVID-19 testing location. PCR and antigen tests will be available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the outdoor site, 4100 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile-Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.
Appointments are available now for CenturyLink, while appointments are available starting Tuesday for FDOH-Lee.
To schedule an appointment at either site, call 904-295-0562 or click here.