CAPE CORAL, FL. -- Paul Vieira, 46 of Cape Coral, FL was seriously injured when his motor scooter was hit from behind while he waited behind a stopped bus at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Paul Fredzy St Julien, 39 of Cape Coral, FL was charged with careless driving when his Toyota Sienna crashed into Vieira.
Three vehicles, including Vieira were traveling northbound on US 41 (SR45) in the outside lane approaching the intersection with North Key Dr. The third vehicle stopped due to a Lee County Trans bus stopping at posted bus stop on the east side of the road.
Vieira stopped behind the third in the outside lane. St. Julien failed to stop and while he attempted to stop and avoid impact by steering to the right, the left front of his minivan struck the right side of the rear tire of the scooter. and traveled down the left side of the vehicle. The impact caused the scooter to overturn onto its side and continued northbound travel on its side and struck the rear of the third vehicle.
Vieira was thrown from the scooter which was observed on its left side in the outside lane of northbound US 41 after impact. It had been moved from final rest due to it being on fire and was moved from the area of the driver.
None of the other drivers were injured.