Two children dead after Cape Coral canal car crash Wednesday

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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First responders searching for the people involved in the canal crash Thursday morning. Credit: WINK News

Two children have died after the car they were in went into a Cape Coral canal late Wednesday night.

Neighbors say police spent much of the night searching for the people who crashed in the canal near Northeast 31st Street and Northeast Fifth Place in Cape Coral, using divers and a helicopter.

The Cape Coral Police Department says the car was eastbound on Northeast 31st Street around 11:56 p.m., approaching the intersection of Northeast Fifth Place when it left the roadway and continued east across the vacant lot in the 3100 block of Northeast 5th Place. The car struck the elevated canal bank and become airborne before landing in the canal. It was completely submerged by the time the CCPD arrived, with both children trapped inside.

All four occupants were transported to a local hospital, where one of the children later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The other was subsequently transported to Golisano Children’s Hospital for treatment, but also later succumbed to his injuries.

The adult passengers were Kenneth Wayne Lawson and Julia Ann Drudy, both from Cape Coral, both of whom only suffered minor injuries.

The CCPD says alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash.

It’s proven quite a shock for neighbors who say they never thought something like this would happen on Thanksgiving morning. Some told WINK News it’s putting a lot of things in perspective, and they are hoping for the best.

“People have to learn you can’t take every day for granted,” said Trey Millican. “Anything like that can happen at any given moment. You’ve got to be careful when you’re driving.”

If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the CCPD by calling (239) 574-3223, submitting an anonymous tip on its website, via TipSubmit, sending a message through CCPD’s social media platforms or calling Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Please use the Case Report #20-022144.

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