Update 1: The pedestrian who died in Saturday’s crash has been positively identified as Deborah Diane Kirkland (d.o.b. 02/09/1959 of Cape Coral). Traffic Homicide Investigator Officer Jason Sandt has completed his investigation and found Kirkland at fault for violating the vehicle’s right-of-way.
Officer Sandt listed contributing factors of failing to cross at a crosswalk coupled with Kirkland’s dark clothing. The vehicle driver, David Edward Turner, took evasive action to avoid hitting Kirkland but was unable to avoid the crash. Officer Sandt advised Turner showed no signs of impairment during the on scene investigation. It is unknown if Kirkland was intoxicated as toxicology reports are several weeks away. Turner will not be charged or cited for the accident.
On July 5, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic accident in the 2200 block of Fowler Street.
Upon arrival officers found a female pedestrian suffering from life-threatening injuries. The vehicle and occupants involved remained on scene. Lee County Emergency Medical Service transported the female pedestrian to Lee Memorial Hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries from the accident.
Traffic Homicide Investigator Officer Jason Sandt responded and conducted the investigation. The investigation remains on-going at this hour.
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