LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Schoolside Drive and East 3rd Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputies responded to the scene to find a tan colored, 2000, Dodge Caravan rolled over on its side. The driver, identified as 43-year-old Jody Gaylon Tome, was found deceased on the scene, but a passenger of the vehicle was able to crawl out and survived. Brandy M. James, 29, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Preliminary details of the crash indicate Tome was southbound on East 3rd Street and attempted to negotiate the sweeping left-hand curve to begin heading east. The speed at which he was traveling caused the vehicle to leave the pavement and strike a sign on the side of the road. Then, the van catapulted back onto the roadway across all lanes of travel before colliding with a rock barrier on the opposite side of the street. The van went airborne and pitched to the extent the driver became partially ejected as a result of not wearing his seatbelt. As the vehicle fell to the ground, the driver's head impacted the asphalt causing what is believed to be the fatal injury. The van continued in motion, struck a utility pole, and came to a final stop on its side.
It appears alcohol and the excessive speed are contributing factors in the crash. The investigation continues.