As the number of cars on the island increases with the winter season, so do the number of fender bender accidents.
A vehicle operated by Logan Freed,19, Fort Myers, struck the back of a vehicle operated by Diamond Perez, 21, Fort Myers, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Periwinkle Way and Lindgren Boulevard. Freed was issued a citation for following too closely.
Angelica Welch, 46, Chicago, Ill., was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 2:17 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, when the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Suzanne Barnacle, 61, Cape Coral.
Gregory Munns, 59, Lehigh Acres, was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 3:42 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, when he slowed for traffic and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Madalyn Fithian, 16, Cape Coral.
Amanda Hartman, 34, Cape Coral, was traveling west on Periwinkle Way at 9:16 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, when she slowed for pedestrians in the crosswalk near St. Michael’s Church and the back of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Amanda Dombkowski, 32, Fort Myers.
There were no injuries reported in any of these crashes and vehicle damage ranged from minor to extensive.
Police also responded to Causeway Boulevard and Sextant Drive at 6:33 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to discover an abandoned vehicle and a “merge” sign sheared in half at the base of the pole. The vehicle had severe damage to the driver’s side windshield, two left flat tires, and damage to the left front bumper, according to the report.
The responding officer contacted the vehicle’s registered owner Moreno Eliazar, who said his niece, 22-year-old Ana Hernandez, was driving the vehicle. Hernandez, of Fort Myers, later contacted the officer and stated she was traveling off island when she looked down at her phone and the vehicle struck the pole. She reportedly left the scene because she had to go to work.
Hernandez was not injured and did not receive a citation. The vehicle was towed from the scene and it will cost an estimated $108 to replace the sign.