A Naples motorist who fled on foot after a Wednesday night crash on U.S. 41 in Collier County was apprehended by deputies and charged with leaving the scene and not having a driver’s license, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Pasquel Gonzalez-Lunez, 22, of Naples was turned over to FHP troopers when he was caught by Collier County Sheriff’s deputies after leaving the scene of a crash at Lakes Park Road and U.S. 41. The crash was alcohol related, FHP reports show.
At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gonzalez-Lunez was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix west on U.S. 41 when he made a left turn in front of an eastbound 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Diana Lee Valdes, 34, of Everglades City. Valdes’ car struck the right front of the Grand Prix.
After the initial crash, a third vehicle – a 2010 Ford F150 pickup driven by Paul Kemp Howard, 50, of Clewiston, traveling east behind the Fusion – also struck the Grand Prix, FHP reports.
Gonzalez-Lunez received minor injuries in the crash and was taken to NCH Hospital in downtown Naples. The pickup driver and a passenger in the truck, Robert Edward Smiley, 47, of Orlando, also had minor injuries. Howard was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital; Smiley was taken NCH downtown, FHP reports.
Valdes was not injured in the crash. All involved, except Gonzalez-Lunez, were wearing seat belts, FHP reports show.
Troopers investigating East Naples wreck
State troopers are investigating a three-vehicle wreck in East Naples that happened Wednesday night.
The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. at U.S. 41 East and Lake Park Boulevard, said Michelle Batten, a spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office. At least one person was being flown to the hospital with serious injuries, according to police scanner traffic.
The Florida Highway Patrol website described the crash as a hit and run.
No further details were immediately available from officials. Check back to naplesnews.com as this story develops.