1 person dead after being hit by car near Cape Coral intersection

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Del Prado Boulevard South turned into a crime scene Tuesday morning. Homicide investigators shut a stretch of the road down after Cape Coral police say a person was hit and killed by a car around 6:30 a.m. They say they found a purse in the street they believe belongs to the victim. Police believe other cars may have also hit the victim.

“It was horrific. As a father of three and a wife I love dearly, to see something like that, it hurts,” said JP Sports Manager Jonathan Powell.

JP Sports is right next to where the crash happened. After dropping off his son at day care, Powell was on his way to work when he encountered the large traffic backup caused by the crash investigation.

“It was literally just bumper-to-bumper traffic after Viscaya. It was hard to navigate after that, and a lot of people were swerving in and out of lanes which was very dangerous,” said Powell.

He says he sees dangerous driving almost daily, especially during the morning rush. “That light over there is very quick, people try to speed and try and get on the bridge as soon as possible, and I feel like people are just a little too comfortable driving on the roads nowadays,” said Powell.

That’s why he’s considering getting cameras to help police with incidents like this.

“The police, or you know the city needs us to be able to give them the footage to see exactly what happened out there,” said Powell.

What will actually stop crashes like this from happening? “More stoplights isn’t going to help, more stop signs isn’t going to, you know it’s just the way it is, it’s just the crazy drivers down here,” said Steven Palmer, of Cape Coral.

Powell has some advice for people on the roads. “I feel like this is like a New York City street, treated as such. Be careful and you know hopefully tragedy like that doesn’t happen,” said Powell.

The Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office were present near the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard South and Veterans Parkway, where a body was seen in the street.

LCSO assisted with traffic control. The north and southbound lanes of Del Prado Boulevard South were shut down while the scene was cleaned up and investigated, causing long backups in the area. Both lanes have since reopened.

Cape Coral police have not released information on exactly what happened, who the victim is, or if anyone will face charges.

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