Monday, March 04, 2013

Two Die In Crash With Deputy's Patrol Car

Witnesses Claim Lights Were Flashing But Heard No Siren

FORT MYERS, FL. -- A man and wife are dead after a crash between their vehicle and a Lee County Deputy''s patrol car Sunday morning. The Lee deputy was responding to a call and witnesses reportedly said they saw the flashing lights but heard no siren.

The collision was investigated Sunday on SR-80 (Palm Beach Blvd) in Leee County, in the eastbound lanes of travel at the intersection of Mississippi Ave.

At about 9:30 a.m. John Steffan, 84 of Fort Myers and Pandora, Ohio was driving a 2003 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and was stopped on Mississippi Ave, to turn left onto Palm Beach Blvd. His 77-year old wife Marilyn was a passenger. 

Roberto Torres, 28, a Lee county deputy was traveling eastbound in the inside lane of travel, with emergency lights on, responding to a 911 call driving a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car. 

The Cadillac pulled out to turn left into the path of the patrol car. The left side, driver area of the Cadillac was struck by the front of Torres' patrol car, in the inside, eastbound lane of travel. The impact deflected the Cadillac in a northeast direction, across the westbound lanes of travel, over the curb which came to rest on the sidewalk, facing eastward. 

The patrol car rotated clockwise, and came to rest facing westward, in the westbound SR 80 left turn lane. Torres had minor injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. Charges are pending an FHP investigation.

Mr Steffan was reportedly retired from the roofing industry and his wife a retired teacher.

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