Passenger in Oct. fatal crash sentenced for letting unlicensed driver operate her car
A Cape Coral woman was sentenced on Monday after being found guilty of permitting an unauthorized person to driver her vehicle, which led to a fatal crash back in October.
Cape Coral police say the suspect, who is a minor, turned herself in on February 13 after a homicide investigation determined that she was a passenger in a crash that resulted in a death because she knowingly allowed Brett Pelham, an unlicensed driver to drive her vehicle.
According to police, the woman and Pelham were heading west on Diplomat Pkwy, approaching the intersection with Nelson Rd N, in the outside lane. The second vehicle involved was traveling south on Nelson Rd N, approaching the intersection with Diplomat Pkwy W, and in the inside lane and at a high speed.
The second vehicle stopped at the stop sign and then began to proceed south across the intersection. The woman’s car, driven by Pelham failed to stop at the stop sign and skidded into the intersection and the front of the vehicle collided with the driver’s door of the second vehicle.
The driver in the second vehicle died as a result of the crash. Both the woman and Pelham suffered life threatening injuries, and were not wearing seat belts.
The woman was sentenced to 1 year suspension of her license, 6 months probation, 50 hours of community service for every month of probation, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, electronic monitoring, substance abuse counseling, aggressive driving course, Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma course, victim impact panel, and a $500 fine, plus court costs.