Saturday, June 24, 2017

Serious Crash Halts Traffic On SR 80 - Child Injured















LABELLE, FL. -- A multiple car crash Saturday afternoon shut down the west bound two lanes of State Road 80 west of of LaBelle at Congen Road. One vehicle overturned and a second was badly damaged.

Judith M. Hellwig, 55 of Fort Myers in a 2016 Volkswagon was traveling east in the inside lane on SR-80 just east of CR-78A (Fort Denaud Rd). Gema J. Guillen, 34 of LaBelle in a 2008 Chrysler Aspen was traveling west in the outside lane on SR-80 just east of CR- 78A (Fort Denaud Rd).

Hellwig lost control and crossed the median then traveled northeast into the westbound lanes then struck the left side portion of Guillen's vehicle which was in the outside lane of the westbound lanes. Hellwig's Volkwagon overturned multiple times and came to final rest on its right side facing southwest on the grass shoulder. Guillen's vehicle continued to travel after the impact then came to final rest on the grass shoulder just north of the roadway facing east.

Guillen's vehicle carried four juveniles, one of which was a 5 year old girl who sustained a severe head injury. The 5 year old was seated in the left side seat of the second row. She received life threatening injuries from this crash and her parent was on-scene and notified. She was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Hellwig was charged by the FHP with careless driving and DUI.

Photo by Don Browne

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