Woman killed in fatal multi-vehicle crash on Summerlin Rd

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- A 39-year-old woman from Iowa, identified as Kristin Lee, was killed in a chain reaction crash Monday involving seven vehicles along Summerlin Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Authorities say Lee was in a car that burst into flames following the crash. Good Samaritans were able to pull out two others from the vehicle.

Orlo Carson of North Fort Myers caused the pileup when he rear ended the vehicle Lee was in, according to FHP. The driver of that car, 70-year-old James Cwanek of Fort Myers, was taken to Tampa Regional with critical injuries with his other passenger, 34-year-old Austin Perkins of Minnesota, who also suffered from critical injuries.

Only one person, 23-year-old William Meyer, survived the crash without any injuries.

Those listed with minor injuries include:

  • Orlo Carson, 43, of North Fort Myers, who is accused of causing the crash
  • Janice Nelson, 74, of Fort Myers
  • Carolyn Howell, 28, of Fort Myers
  • Bruce Fox, 62, of Fort Myers
  • a 14-year-old girl from Fort Myers

There were also several serious injuries:

  • Brian Crump, 27, of Fort Myers
  • Nadine Saint-Vil, 25, of Lehigh Acres
  • Robert Ingalls, 84, of Fort Myers

A total of five people were transported to the hospital: the two men with critical injuries and the three victims with serious injuries. Two firefighters were also transported to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation, according to the Iona Mcgregor Fire Department.

Summerlin remained closed for several hours, but reopened before 9:30 p.m.

The crash is being investigated and charges are pending for responsible drivers, authorities said.

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