GOLDEN GATE — A Naples man injured in a crash with a Collier County sheriff’s deputy in Golden Gate Thursday night has died.
Florida Highway Patrol reports confirmed Monday afternoon that 21-year-old Andrew Rakes died Sunday from his injuries.
Thursday’s crash happened around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of 22nd Place S.W. and Santa Barbara Boulevard in Golden Gate. According to Florida Highway Patrol Reports, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala being driven by Rakes was stopped facing west on 22nd Place S.W. at the stop sign at Santa Barbara Boulevard. Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Cpl. Jesse Todd was driving a Sheriff’s Office 2005 Ford Crown Victoria headed north on the outside lane of Santa Barbara Boulevard approaching 22nd Place S.W.
Reports said the CCSO K-9 unit was in emergency mode, with its emergency lights and siren activated en route to a call. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, the K-9 unit was on the way to assist with a foot pursuit in North Naples when the crashed occurred.
At about 9:45 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol reports said Rakes drove the Impala forward into the intersection and the squad car’s path.
Todd steered the Crown Victoria to the left and braked, reports said, but the squad car still struck the Impala’s left side.
Both vehicles were redirected northwest and came to a rest north of the intersection, alongside the southbound lanes of Santa Barbara Boulevard, reports said. Naples resident Rakes was taken by medical helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Attempts to reach Rakes’ family Monday were not successful.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jamie Mosbach said last week that the North Naples pursuit started at 9:43 p.m. near Los Olivos Lane in the Delasol community and was part of a burglary investigation earlier in the day.
Sheriff’s Office K-9 units can self-initiate lights and sirens, but they have to inform dispatch that they are doing so, explained another Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Karie Partington. Partington said the Sheriff’s Office Professional Responsibility Bureau is currently conducting its own investigation into whether Todd had his siren and lights activated, and if all other proper procedures were followed by the deputy.
The crash was the deputy’s second on-duty wreck in four years, and the second to claim a life. In 2007, Todd’s vehicle struck and killed 32-year-old Felix Beltrane of Naples after a car driven by Beltrane crossed in front of Todd’s patrol car at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Broward Street in East Naples.
Todd was responding to a burglary call at the time. Beltrane had a blood alcohol level of 0.32 percent and tested positive for cocaine, according to reports.