LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Cape Coral Police continue to investigate a fatal vehicle rollover near NW 2nd Terrace and Burnt Store Road that happened just after 11:00 a.m. Burnt Store Road re-opened just before 3:00 p.m. Traffic was diverted for several hours.
Joseph G. Hartley, Jr., a 71-year-old member of the Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit, lost his life.
Hartley was driving his silver 2004 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Burnt Store Road when for unknown reasons, he drifted to the left and drove north in the southbound lane.
Regis Friday, 63, was driving his white 2013 Ford Focus south on Burnt Store Road, approaching Hartley. Friday veered to the left to avoid a collision.
Hartley passed Friday and veered to the right back into the northbound lanes. While doing so, the front right of Hartley's vehicle struck the left rear of Friday's car, causing minor damage. Hartley continued north on Burnt Store Road.
In the 200 block of Burnt Store Road North, Hartley again drifted to the left and into the southbound lane of travel. Brian Edmonson, 28, was driving a box truck, approaching Hartley, veering to the right to avoid him. The driver's side of Hartley's truck hit the driver's side of Edmonson's vehicle. Due to the impact, Hartley's truck rotated and drove off the west edge of the roadway, rolling over onto its roof. The box truck drove off the west edge of the roadway and came to a stop in a ditch.
Hartley was transported to Cape Coral Hospital where he later died. Friday suffered no injuries. Edmonson complained of minor injuries, but refused medical attention.
Alcohol and drugs were not factors in this crash.