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CCPD: Man loses arm after crash while racing on Pine Island Road

By Staff | Sep 13, 2021

Two vehicles racing on Northeast Pine Island Road Saturday caused a single vehicle crash that resulted in one driver losing his arm. Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation of the crash that occurred at 7:20 p.m.

The crash involved a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Ariel Gonzalez Rodon, 46, of Cape Coral. According to witness accounts, the CCPD reported that both Rodon’s vehicle and another car, a dark colored Ford Mustang, were stopped side by side on Pine Island Road facing west at the intersection with Del Prado Boulevard. When the light changed the cars took off reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, witnesses told police.

At the intersection of Northeast 10th Place, a vehicle was traveling south across the intersection at Del Prado, and Rodon swerved to avoid it continuing at a high rate of speed. The CCPD report said Rodon lost control of his Mustang, veered back right across the roadway and travelled off the north edge of the road. The car then traveled 170 feet through the roadside ditch then exited out the other side where it became airborne, flying 37 feet and then began to roll “violently” for 185 feet, according to the CCPD, before coming to a rest on all four wheels.

Police said a witness and an off-duty CCPD officer applied a tourniquet to the Rondo’s arm. He and a passenger in his vehicle, Rafael Perez Martinez, 32, of Cape Coral, were both trauma alerted to Lee Memorial hospital.

Rondo was rushed into emergency surgery where one arm was amputated and he is listed in critical but stable condition. Martinez injuries were described as minor, police reported.

The report did not identify the driver of the second vehicle.

It is unknown if alcohol/drugs are involved in the crash, which is still under investigation.