Sanibel Police Officers responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 on Donax Street. They found a heavily-damaged vehicle facing south in a ditch and the driver unconscious.
A nearby resident called police after hearing the sounds of screeching tires and a loud crash. Officers determined the driver, 26-year-old Alexander Pitcel of Captiva, was traveling north on Donax near Junonia Street when the tires left the roadway and Pitcel lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle spun 180 degrees before colliding with two palm trees.
Pitcel was transported by Lee County Emergency Services to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma patient. Through the investigation, officers suspected Pitcel was under the influence of alcohol and possibly THC, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. The report stated police would apply for a subpoena to obtain a toxicology report for Pitcel.
A records check showed Pitcel’s drivers license has been suspended since September. He was issued a citation for knowingly driving with a suspended license, careless driving and not wearing his seatbelt.
Vehicle Crashes on San-Cap Road
Sydney Perry of Sanibel told police officers she was traveling home from a local restaurant at 6:48 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, when she lost control of her vehicle on Sanibel Captiva Road and ran off the road before crashing into a tree. She was evaluated and treated for minor injuries at the scene by Lee County EMS.
The responding officer suspected Perry was under the influence of alcohol and she admitted to consuming two to three alcoholic beverages at the restaurant. She failed the field sobriety test and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for a blood test. The report stated a DUI citation was pending the results of the blood test.
Truck Backs Into Car
Emil Gilbert of Fort Myers was stopped on Purdy Drive waiting to pull into traffic on Periwinkle Way at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, when he backed up his truck for a bicyclist to cross and his vehicle struck the front of a vehicle operated by Anthony Rinaldi of Sanibel.