|Published:||Jul 26, 2013 6:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 26, 2013 6:46 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A serious crash kills a Cape Coral man who loved to ride his motorcycle. WINK-TV first told you about the collision as breaking news Thursday night.
It happened at the intersection of Chiquita Boulevard and Trafalgar Parkway in Cape Coral.
Family and friends of Miguel Gonzalez are devastated. There's not much that remains at the crash site but for some spray paint and marks in the road.
The case is now being investigated as a traffic homicide.
Friends remember Miguel Gonzalez as happy-go-lucky kind of guy who had a passion for motorcycles and was looking forward to his 21st birthday.
"Miguel was just always happy. Always had a big goofy smile on his face," said friend Donald Feliciano.
"He's just been a really good friend." Jonathon Grant says Gonzalez was supposed to visit him Thursday night.
A crushed helmet on the evening news let Grant know something was wrong.
"As soon as I saw the tv, I saw the helmet, I had that instant feeling I knew it was him, so we actually drove down to the site, it was really bad," Grant said.
Police say Gonzalez slammed into the the rear of a Nissan Pathfinder, as it was turning from Chiquita onto Trafalgar. Police say Nicholas Arroyo, 17, was behind the wheel.
"The motorcycle was just in bad shape. We just kind of thought that somebody got really badly hurt. It was terrible," said a neighbor.
Those who love the 20 year old are overcome with grief as they visit the site of his final ride.
Grant spent the night at the hospital with the Gonzalez family. "We got to say our last goodbyes to him," he said. "He's one of the safest riders I've known, always wore his gear his jacket his gloves, never went without his helmet."
Police say the 17 year old driver and his passengers were not injured in the crash.
At this time, police can't say which driver is at fault for the crash, because it's under investigation.
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