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Two die in Del Prado Boulevard crash

By CJ HADDAD - | Mar 25, 2024

A driver and passenger died in a three-vehicle crash in Cape Coral over the weekend.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday in the area of 4000 Del Prado Blvd. South.

According to the Cape Coral Police Department, a driver heading north on Del Prado Boulevard made the turn across the southbound lanes at Southeast 40th Street into the path of two cars heading south, one right behind the other.

As one vehicle slowed to avoid the turning car, the other went around and impacted the right passenger side of the turning car. The collision caused the rear of the turning car to flip on its roof, sliding until it hit a cement light pole 190 feet south of Southeast 40th Street. The car then caught fire and became “fully engulfed.”

After the impact with turning vehicle, the colliding vehicle rotated clockwise, striking the right front and side of the third vehicle, which then crossed over the raised cement median traveling south in the northbound lane where the driver managed to maneuver into the parking lot at 4037 Del Prado Boulevard S.

Police said two people in the vehicle that caught fire were pronounced deceased on scene by Cape Coral Fire Rescue.

The driver of the car that collided with the turning vehicle was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The third driver was evaluated by EMS on-scene and not transported to the hospital.

Identities of those involved in the crash have not yet been released pending notification of next-of-kin.

Police said the crash is not alcohol/drug related, and that speed is a factor in the crash.

This is the seventh traffic fatality in the Cape this year.

Police are asking the public if they witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, to contact CCPD at 239-574-3223 or submit a tip to CCPDtips@capecoral.gov. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect the proper date of the crash. The Breeze regrets the error.