Naples man dies after son accidentally hits him while learning to drive

Published: May 25, 2021 10:49 AM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2021 8:10 PM EDT
The SUV involved in the accident. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

Florida Highway Patrol confirmed a Naples man died Tuesday after he was critically injured Monday night when his son accidentally hit him with an SUV while he practiced driving.

According to FHP, the SUV, driven by a 34-year-old man from Colombia, was in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Naples at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive around 8:02 p.m. The man’s father, 65, was teaching his son how to drive. The driver was attempting to forward park the SUV in a parking space while being guided by his father.

The older man was standing in a parking spot on the opposite side of the parking curbs. His son attempted to park, but stepped on the accelerator, causing the SUV to travel over the curb and collide with his father.

The father was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The son is facing a felony charge of driving without a license resulting in a serious injury.

FHP no longer releases the names of victims or those involved in crashes, citing Marsy’s Law.