Builder Patrick Logue identified as victim of fiery crash
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - We now know a successful Southwest Florida businessman was behind the wheel of a fiery crash over the weekend.
Cape Coral Police identified 56-year-old builder Patrick Logue as the man who died in that accident early Saturday morning.
And his companion is now fighting for her life.
Logue made a splash both in business and leisure. A polarizing figure in the area -- he put hundreds to work as the founder of First Home Builders but also ended settling a lawsuit for deceptive sales practices.
Those who know him tell tell 4 In Your Corner, he died like he lived.
A burned out shell is all that's left of Logue's Cobra replica kit car.
An insurance adjuster out at the auto yard today gathering info and taking pictures.
The sportster bursting into flames early Saturday morning as Logue drove north on Rose Garden Road -- away from his home at Tarpon Point Marina. The car, say police, did a 180, the rear end hitting a tree.
Jane Delany lives across from the scene of the accident.
"I can't walk out my front door... that i don't look down... (sobs).. at that tree (sobs)..." she says.
The world-class angler and real estate mogul died trapped inside.
Delany tells me her neighbor ran to help.
"I feel so bad for him because you can tell he's just truly tortured by what he seen. And all he kept saying was, I couldn't get him. I couldn't him. And I said, Eddy, you saved her," Delany adds.
Logue's companion Susan Reynolds now lies in the ICU of Tampa General in critical condition with burns over nearly 70% of her body. Her 29th birthday was just 2 days ago.
"He burned his hands when he was trying to get her out. And they said it wasn't from the flames, it was actually from her body. Her body was so hot that it burned him," Delany tells us.
No one answered at Reynolds Lehigh Acres home, but a family friend tells us over the phone, the family is torn up. So are workers at Logue's Fort Myers office and model center, where construction continued today, as does the anguish for those who witnessed what happened.
"I'm praying for them... and for the man who passed a way, he did try to help him, he did everything he could," says Delany.
Logue was also a philanthropist, supporting numerous charities from the soup kitchen to the American Cancer Society. Cape Coral Police are waiting for the medical examiner's report before completing their investigation. Logue leaves behind 3 kids and had recently become a grandfather.