Quarry on Immokalee Road
Near 10420 Gulfshore Drive
NAPLES — 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.