LABELLE, FL. -- An apparent visitor to LaBelle during Swamp Cabbage Festival Week was struck by a vehicle on Bridge Street at Yeomans Avenue after failing to use a crosswalk.
At about 5 p.m. Friday, Ali Ayyad, 26 of Fort Myers was standing on the east sidewalk of State Road 29 (Bridge Street) while a 1999 Ford driven by Kasey Mellady, 22 of Fort Myers was southbound on State Road 29.
The Ford then moved into the southbound left turn lane as Ayyad failed to yield to oncoming southbound traffic. Ayyad then proceeded to travel east across the southbound lane of State Road 29. The front of the vehicle collided with Ayaad in the southbound left turn lane.
The collision impact forced Ayyad onto the right side of the vehicles's windshield. The pedestriacame to rest in the southbound lane of State Road 29 and was turned onto his right side facing south.
Ayyad will be charged with failure to cross in a crosswalk. He is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.