A two-vehicle accident without injuries resulted in one driver being cited for failure to yield when entering an intersection. Paul Olson, 53, Ludlow, Vt., was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by 26-year-old Miguel Morales, of Fort Myers.
Morales told the responding officer that he was exiting the parking lot at 2440 Periwinkle Way to enter the eastbound lane and did not see Olson’s vehicle due to a landscaping truck and trailer entering the parking lot from the east blocking his view. However, security footage from the business showed the landscaping truck had passed Morales’ vehicle prior to him attempting his turn.
The crash caused Olson’s vehicle to spin 180 degrees, but no injuries were reported. However, Lee County EMS checked an “airbag burn” on Morales’ forearm. Morales was found at fault for the accident and received the citation. The report noted that Olson became “argumentative” with the officers and “defensive” to their questions. Olson later stated, “he felt like he was being attacked by everyone at the scene.” Officers then instructed him to wait in his vehicle until they were finished. The report also noted Morales was “very respectful and had a polite manner.”
Rosemary Ryan, 82, Sanibel, was backing her vehicle out of a parking space Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21) at Bailey’s General Store, 2447 Periwinkle Way, when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Judith Leeder, 83, Sanibel. Leeder had left the scene, but Ryan and her passenger were able to provide police with a license plate number. When police later met with her, Leeder stated she was “totally unaware” the accident occurred and provided them with necessary information.