Fatal Cape Coral bicycle accident prompts investigation of intersection

Lee County officials are studying an intersection where a boy was killed in a Cape Coral bicycle accident, the News-Press reported.

The 13-year-old was on his way to a neighborhood park with friends when he was struck while crossing Del Prado Boulevard on a bicycle. He later died at Lee Memorial Hospital.

City traffic engineers are studying the intersection to see if new safety measures are needed. Sometimes the cause of an accident can be faulty streets or intersections, missing or inoperable signs or signals, overgrown vegetation or poor design.

Consulting a Cape Coral injury lawyer can be the best course of action if you believe a road defect caused or contributed to a serious or fatal accident.

An average of 29,500 vehicles a day use the heavily traveled intersection at Del Prado Boulevard and Northeast 3rd Terrace, where the fatal bicycle accident occurred. Witnesses say the boy was on the concrete median when he attempted to cross the southbound lanes and was struck by a Porshe driven by a 19-year-old Bonita Springs resident.

Witnesses say the intersection, which lacks crosswalks, is frequently used by children going to and from Burton Park. A traffic engineer said a crosswalk was not the answer, noting the six-lanes of traffic are not controlled by a traffic signal.

He suggested parents instruct children to cross three blocks north of the park.