Police urge caution on the roadways after crash leaves motorcyclist dead
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - In the aftermath of a deadly crash involving a motorcyclist, police are cautioning drivers to be safe on the roads and be on the lookout for motorcyclists.
Cape Coral Police say a car crashed into a motorcyclist headed southbound on Del Prado Blvd at SE 12th Terrace, bringing traffic to a standstill Sunday night.
William Siddons was driving a 2006 Volvo when he slammed in to a motorcyclist.
"We heard what sounded like an explosion," said Etta Petersen, an eyewitness, "so we came up here and the cops came up to us and said we have to leave the area because it's now a crime scene."
Police tell Fox 4 that the 28-year-old motorcyclist was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, due to injuries sustained from the crash.
"He was all full of blood," said Petersen, "he was really, really bad."
Cape Coral Police say speed and alcohol/drugs played factors in the crash.
Local business owners tell Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover that speeding along Del Prado Boulevard is a big issue affecting the community.
"Traveling at a high rate of speed, swerving out of lanes" said Koren Bautista, owner of Houdini's Pizza, a block away from where the crash happened Sunday night.
Bautista told Fox 4 that excessive speeding along Del Prado Boulevard is nothing new.
"It's all the time, on a daily basis," said Bautista, "people are not observing the speed limit."
Now officers are asking you to slow down, especially on busy roads like Del Prado.
"There are not a lot of stories that end with good news when speeding is involved," said Lt. Tony Sizemore of Cape Coral PD, "so we ask you to please slow down."
Police are also urging drivers to double check for motorcyclists, stressing that you can't always rely on your mirrors.
"Check your blind-spots before you enter into another lane. There are a lot of crashes that happen with motorcycles - or near misses with motorcycles, where people change lanes," said Lt. Sizemore.