Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gabriel DeSantiago Dies After Early Morning Crash

Gabriel De Santiago, 19 of LaBelle was traveling westbound Saturday morning at 4:49 a.m. on County Road 78 (N River Road) near Caloosa Terrace in a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup, according the FHP when suddenly he began traveling partially in the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder of the roadway.

The driver over corrected in an attempt to re-enter the roadway. As a result, he lost control as the truck began traveling in a southwesterly direction across the center line, entered the eastbound lane then departed the roadway a second time.

The truck continued westbound while partially on the eastbound paved apron and shoulder of County Road 78.

The vehicle then re-emerged from the shoulder, began rotating counterclockwise in the east and westbound lanes and continued in a southeasterly direction where it's right side struck a tree before coming to rest in a ditch on the south shoulder. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

De Santiago was transported by Medic Five (Hendry County EMS) to Lee Memorial Hospital. He was in critical condition when taken to the hospital.

On Saturday afternoon the FHP reported De Santiego had died at the hospital.

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