1 dead, 1 seriously injured in 4-vehicle crash on US-41 in Estero

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
Credit: Estero Fire Rescue

A 36-year-old man from Bonita Springs was killed in a four-vehicle crash which seriously injured another person and shut down a portion of US-41 (South Tamiami Trail) in Estero for several hours Tuesday.

This deadly crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Bonita Springs man was traveling north in a sedan in the center lane of US-41, approaching County Road. A pickup truck, driven by a 44-year-old man with a 43-year-old woman and 8-year-old boy as passengers, all from Estero, was traveling south in the inside lane of US-41.

An SUV, driven by a 78-year-old New Smyrna Beach woman with an 81-year-old man and 74-year-old woman as passengers, both from Edgewater, was traveling south in the center lane, adjacent to the pickup truck. The fourth vehicle, a sedan driven by a 32-year-old man with a 45-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old man as passengers, all from Bonita Springs, was traveling south in the outside lane, adjacent to the SUV.

The 36-year-old driver accelerated and lost control, causing his car to rotate, cross the curbed median and enter the southbound US-41 lanes of travel, where the pickup truck T-boned it. Debris from this impact collided with the SUV and the other sedan. All
vehicles came to rest in the area of collision.

The 36-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash investigation
remains ongoing.

US-41 was blocked between Broadway West and Corkscrew Road for many hours before the crash cleared Tuesday night.


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