Monday, March 23, 2015

Walter Thomas In Serious Crash Sunday

LABELLE, FL. -- Walter William Thomas, 70 of Muse was seriously injured in a crash Sunday afternoon at 3:41 p.m. near LaBelle.

His 2014 Porsche 911 was westbound in the parking lot at the establishment of 732 State Road 29/ Main Street (Sal Cal Pizzeria) in Labelle. A Cadillac was properly parking facing west at the establishment as Thomas attempted to place the Porsche in an unauthorized (no parking) area of the lot. 

Two independent witnesses observed the vehicle's movement within the lot. Both witnesses exited the establishment to make contact with Thomas. While making numerous attempts to park, Thomas failed to observed the position of the Cadillac. As a result, the left side of the Porsche struck the rear of the second vehicle. 

Thomas then exited the parking lot and initiated a right turn (south) onto State Road 29/ Main Street, then proceeded to make a right turn (west) onto County Road 80A/ Cowboy Way and continued westbound on County Road 80A/ Fort Denaud Road until he failed to negotiate a curve (north of the Huggetts Road intersection) and then lost control as the car departed the roadway and struck a directional device on the west shoulder of the roadway before coming to final rest against a utility pole.

Thomas was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital by Hendry County EMS and is in stable condition. He has been charged with careless driving and failure to remain at the scene of an accident with property damage.

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