1 dead in crash near Perkins in Lehigh Acres

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. The driver of a car that crashed into a utility pole in the parking lot of a Perkins Restaurant on 2700 Lee Blvd. has died, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Greg Bueno said.

Lehigh Acres resident Thomas Roberts, 56, was driving the 2003 Jeep Liberty, which also hit a parked 2017 Lincoln MKX, according to the FHP.

A 7-year-old boy, Tyler Roberts, was a passenger in the Jeep. He was taken to Health Park with minor injuries, FHP said.

The wreck blocked westbound traffic on Lee Boulevard for about an hour before the road reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

The pole appeared to have split in half and was knocked over. Power was knocked out for three customers, the Lee County Electric Cooperative said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Roberts’ funeral expenses.

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