Since the beginning of this year, there have been several motorcycle accidents in Fort Myers where too much alcohol has been involved.
In the beginning of February, motorcyclist, Douglas Charles Westpfahl, 63, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was traveling eastbound on Pine Island in the outside lane on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he rear-ended the last rider in a pack of motorcyclists. According to the Cape Coral police report and several witnesses’ statements, Westpfahl was several car lengths behind an eastbound pack of motorcycles. When the pack passed on the right and shifted to the inside lane, Westpfahl followed suit. He came up behind the last rider in the pack, Victor Earl Mastrogiovanni, 45, of 2204 N.E. 25th Terrace., and rear-ended him.
Westpfahl reportedly braked hard and hit the back of Mastrogiovanni’s motorcycle in the 2600 block, causing both motorcycles to go down and ejecting both drivers. Westpfahl, whose BAC was 0.176 at the time of the crash, sustained several life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital, according to police. He has since been released. Mastrogiovanni sustained minor injuries and was trauma-alerted via ambulance to Lee Memorial. Mastrogiovanni was treated and released and the police are conducting an ongoing investigation and charges are pending.
Later in February, a severe motorcycle crash in the 4800 block of Cleveland Avenue occurred just before midnight and required police to shutdown all lanes while traffic homicide investigators responded. While two patrol cars with the Fort Myers Police Department were busy blocking traffic related to another crash they were hit by suspected drunk drivers just minutes apart.
Motorcyclist, Leidier Franceda, 34, of Boyton Beach, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A preliminary investigation showed Franceda traveled at high speed southbound on Cleveland Avenue south of North Airport Road when he struck the rear of a Subaru traveling south on Cleveland Avenue.
When he got off of his BMW motorcycle, witnesses said a vehicle hit him without stopping. A patrol car blocking the southbound lanes was hit by a car and just minutes later, the patrol car blocking the northbound lanes was hit by a pickup truck. Both drivers were arrested for DUI.
If you or somebody you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in South Florida, contact one of our motorcycle accident attorneys at Wolf & Pravato for a free consultation. Call toll-free at 954-633-8270.