Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ryan Christopher Wendler Dies In Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Ryan Wendler died in a crash at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday in Lee county.

Donald Kottkamp 75 of Cape Coral  was traveling northbound on Michael B. Rippe Parkway in the center lane approaching the traffic light intersection of Briarcliff Road in a 2005 Mack truck.

Ryan Christopher Wendler, 20 of Gainesville in a 2009 Nissan was stopped within the northbound center lane of Michael B. Rippe Parkway for a red traffic signal at the intersection of Briarcliff Road.

The Nissan was ahead of the truck as the driver of the truck failed to stop, and as a result the front of truck struck the rear of the Nissan causing it to become partially lodged beneath the front of the truck.

The impact forced the Nissan to be pushed through the intersection into the north east grass shoulder embankment of northbound Michael G. Rippe Parkway. Once in the grass shoulder, the Nissan became dislodged from the truck and the truck's rear axles then traveled over the passenger compartment of the Nissan.

The Nissan came to rest within the same grass shoulder. The truck came to rest facing north from within the same grass shoulder to the north of the Nissan. The FHP said charges are pending further investigation.

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