FHP report: Naples man dies after driving into bay

Another person critically injured in second separate car accident involving waterway

— A Naples man is dead following a Sunday morning accident on Gulfshore Drive, one of two car accidents involving waterways within several hours of each other.

Fatera Dorestan, 52, died after he drove his 1995 Nissan pickup truck into a waterway near 10420 Gulfshore Drive, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Dorestan was the only person in the vehicle.

According to the report, Dorestan was driving north on Gulfshore Drive, just north of Seabreeze Avenue, when he drove onto a grassy shoulder toward a bay retention wall on the east side road.

Dorestan continued to drive east into the water, and his vehicle was submerged.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m., said Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten. The Sheriff’s Office and the North Naples fire department responded to the call.

North Naples fire Deputy Chief Jorge Aguilera said divers from both agencies jumped into the water to pull Dorestan out. Batten said the doors to the truck were closed, but divers managed to pull Dorestan out of the vehicle.

Dorestan was underwater 10 to 15 minutes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. He was transported to NCH North Collier Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead at 9:42 a.m.

Dorestan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. It was unclear whether alcohol was involved.

Sunday morning’s accident wasn’t the only accident involving water this weekend. North Naples fire responded to a similar accident Saturday night.

Aguilera said his department received a call of a vehicle in the water around 10 p.m. Saturday. That accident occurred at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, when a vehicle veered into a lake near the entrance.

Four people were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Three of the passengers were able to get out of the vehicle, but the fourth person was unable to get out, Aguilera said. Divers from both North Naples and Golden Gate fire departments pulled the person out of the vehicle.

That passenger, Aguilera said, suffered injuries and was transported to NCH North Collier Hospital in critical condition.

Two accidents involving water in such a short time span isn’t a normal occurrence, Aguilera said.

“It’s rare. It doesn’t happen that often,” he said. “But we’re surrounded by water and we have a very robust rescue dive team.”

No further information about Saturday’s accident was immediately available.

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LGoldstein writes:

It is sad for all of us when someone drowns while driving their vehicle. I didn't know Mr. Dorestan but I am sure he has family and friends who are grieving. With all the waterways in our county this is a common though trivialized fatality. A mandated $3 flotation device in every vehicle could save countless lives. Yes, I know some of you are already screaming against new rules and regs. If Fatera had been your father or brother you would wish he had been wearing a USCG approved lifejacket.

ohyeah143 writes:

A couple of days ago someone commented that it couldn't be that hard to be a firefighter. Thank god there are those who are willing to do more than just sit back and make such comments. Dive rescue training is one of the most hazardous things firefighters train for. You just can't simulate being underwater.

dupreemargaret writes:

in response to ohyeah143:

A couple of days ago someone commented that it couldn't be that hard to be a firefighter. Thank god there are those who are willing to do more than just sit back and make such comments. Dive rescue training is one of the most hazardous things firefighters train for. You just can't simulate being underwater.

i agree one hundred percent because the water being murky and the gators... its a very hard job and trying to get a person out of a vehicle after its been under water is no easy task...

UnjusticeForAll writes:

LGoldstein,
Can you read? The divers pulled this man from his SUBMERGED truck! What good would a life jacket have done for him? A LIFERAFT would not have helped this man! Maybe if he had a diving airtank he could have survived the until rescued!

A safety feature that could be added to a vehicle in our canal and water laden land is a set of autoinflating flotation balloon devices attached to each side of the frame to keep the passenger compartment above water in the event of a submersion!

mothernature writes:

Local television is reporting the dead man was a minister and may have had a medical condition. Good job firefighters/law enforcement who were on scene. Prayers for the families.

tried_n_true writes:

LGoldstein- how does a flotation device help when you are trapped in a submerged vehicle?

ILKT writes:

UlettaPile, CCSO was on scene, look at the cars in the picture. Here is how it works. At a fatality, the local agency responds first. They call FHP, who determines whether or not they have the manpower / availability / need to respond. If they do not come, the local agency handles it. The actual geographic location of the accident is irrelevant.

nativeone (Inactive) writes:

in response to UlettaPile:

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I am humbly confused at that same question. Any LEO's care to explain what FHP's exact role is with traffic deaths and why this seems to contradict what I assume is their role.

Davidh239 writes:

LGoldstein. The next time I take an airline flight, I'm going to insist the the aircraft has an emergency parachute for the plane so it will allow us to return to earth safely, in the event of a problem.

Davidh239 writes:

LGoldstein. The next time I take an airline flight, I'm going to insist that the aircraft has an emergency parachute for the plane so it will allow us to return to earth safely, in the event of a problem.

CoolridenJoe (Inactive) writes:

Maybe guardrails need to be put up at these places!

chidrine310#225686 writes:

Paster Fatera was a great minister and a good cousin. He was loved in many ways by many people. Where ever he is and if he's listening I want him to know I and many people from my family and Independent Haitian Church of God love and miss him. I Love you Cuz

chidrine310#225686 writes:

Paster Fatera Dorestan was a great minister and cousin. Where ever he is and if he's listening members of Independent Haitian Church of God and all of his family members miss him.
- see ya later cuz

flipper98 writes:

The EMS of Collier county is #1

ILKT writes:

UlettaPile, CCSO was on scene, look at the cars in the picture. Here is how it works. At a fatality, the local agency responds first. They call FHP, who determines whether or not they have the manpower / availability / need to respond. If they do not come, the local agency handles it. The actual geographic location of the accident is irrelevant.

naplespark59 writes:

We will miss Mr. Dorestan. For years he has taken care of our yard, one of his jobs apart from his Pastoral work. He was always kind, cheerful, and took care of our home as if it were his own. We knew he was a warm and special person, long before we knew that he was a Pastor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his church family, and his co-workers at Wizard Lake Nursery. Mr. Fatera Dorestan is very much missed, even by those of us who were only in his presence a few times a month.
Thank you, Mr. Dorestan.
Sincerely,
Laura, Beverley, Phoebe, and Emma

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