Driver Injured in Early Morning Single-Vehicle Crash

The driver in a single-vehicle crash at 1:37 a.m. Monday, March 8 is injured and claims someone else was driving.

Jordan Funk of St. James City, Fla., was traveling west in the 4200 block of Sanibel Captiva Road at a high rate of speed when her vehicle left the roadway at the S-curve and crashed into a number of trees and shrubbery and damaged an electrical pole. The impact caused her vehicle to spin approximately 90 degrees.

Funk flagged down a passing motorist who called 911. Funk initially told the responding officers she was the passenger and named a male as the driver who fled the scene. But officers were unable to locate the alleged driver. Upon further investigation, police found evidence Funk was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

Funk was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries.

Vehicle Runs Over Man’s Foot

A driver was issued a citation after her vehicle ran over a man’s foot. Cory Hinks of Cape Coral, an employee of the Farmer’s Market, was holding a “lot full” sign Sunday, March 14 at the Sanibel Public Library, when a vehicle operate by Sharon Ellen of Sanibel ran over his foot.

Hinks told officers he did not move from his spot when Ellen’s vehicle ran over his foot. Ellen told officers she ignored the lot full sign, made a wide turn into the parking lot and did not believe she ran over Hink’s foot. She was issued a citation for careless driving.

Hink was treated at the scene and later transported by a family member to Cape Coral Hospital.

Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage

Dane Johnson, manager of Bailey’s General Store, reported property damage at the empty gas station building on March 18 from a hit-and-run likely caused a semi-truck that made a scheduled delivery to the business. A wooden pole to a warning sign was snapped in half and there was damage to the roof of the building.

Bicyclist Injured

A bicyclist was injured Wednesday, March 10, after falling off his bicycle. A witness at the scene stated the bicyclist, Louis Kelly of Potomac, Md., stopped abruptly for the crosswalk at Sanibel Captiva and Rabbit roads, when he lost his balance, fell and injured his leg. Kelly was transported to Healthpark for treatment.

Other Vehicle Crashes Reported

Ronald Walker of Fort Myers was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, when he stopped for traffic and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Nicholas Gorman of Westampton, N.J. Gorman was issued a citation for careless driving.

Melody Blake of Warner, N.H., turned into the parking lot of 2424 Palm Ride Rd. Wednesday, March 10 to turn around when her vehicle went over a parking bumper, struck a parked vehicle and an air conditioning unit.

Timothy Woodrow of Aitkin, Minn., was traveling on Periwinkle Way at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 when he came to a stop and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Diana Ponce of Miami, Fla.

Elyse Hilliard of Apopka, Fla., was backing out of a parking space at 8:53 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at George and Wendy’s Seafood Grille, 2499 Periwinkle Way, when her vehicle struck a parked vehicle.

Comments (1)

  1. Repeatedly, as in the case of Jordan Funk, who lied to the Sanibel Police, was speeding and damaged an electrical pole, no charges seem to have been filed. In another case reported, Melody Blake of NH went into the parking lot on Palm Ridge Road so she could turn around. Instead, she drove over a parking bumper, struck a parked vehicle, and an air conditioning unit. Again, no charges seem to have been filed. What’s up with the Sanibel Police?

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