NAPLES, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says a Naples teen driving drunk is to blame for a four vehicle crash that left seven people injured.
The crash shut down the eastbound Pine Ridge Road for almost two hours Monday night.
FHP says Michael Simmons, 18, drove right through intersection at I-75 around 8:45 p.m. Monday in his Ford F450. Simmons hit a Toyota Camry already stopped in the northbound turn lane. The report from FHP says Simmons, not wearing his seat belt, hit the car so hard it caused him to hit the windshield and depress the accelerator - hitting two more vehicles.
In the process the 18-year-old also knocked over a "one way" sign, and destroyed a traffic control box.
The driver of the Camry, 62-year-old John Beers, was the only one to suffer serious injuries, the other six, including Simmons, had only minor injuries. Beers was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Simmons is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence, probation violation, careless driving, and resisting arrest without violence.