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Motorcyclist remains hospitalized after crash near bridge

February 6, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A motorcyclist remained hospitalized Thursday after a crash near the Midpoint Memorial Bridge.

At 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Rustin Eugene Day, 25, of Cape Coral, was headed westbound on Colonial Boulevard when he struck a vehicle at the entrance to the bridge, just east of the McGregor Boulevard flyover. Day was ejected from the bike, and he sustained life-threatening injuries, officials reported.

Day was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition on Thursday.

Speed, along with drugs or alcohol, were reportedly contributing causes to the crash, officials said.

According to a report, investigators with the Fort Myers police estimated that Day was traveling approximately 120 mph before the accident. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph.

Day was wearing a motorcycle helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash.

Investigators noted that the motorcycle flipped numerous times after colliding into the vehicle and "disintegrated." Day was "ejected over the side of the bridge into the trees off of McGregor," where he was found. Motorcycle debris was scattered over the bridge and a 500-foot area on the street below.

The driver of the involved vehicle, a Nissan passenger car, was not injured.

Officials reported that the investigation is ongoing.



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