Bonita Springs teen named as driver in accident that killed 2

Noe Mairena

Noe Mairena

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have released the name of the teenage driver in a double fatality in March in San Carlos Park.

Noe Mairena, who was 17 at the time of the crash, of the 10000 block of Kentucky Street, Bonita Springs, has not been charged in connection with the crash, said FHP Lt. Chris Miller. Charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Mairena was arrested Wednesday at South Fort Myers High School by Lee deputies and charged with grand theft in a separate case where he is accused of throwing a fellow student’s book bag from a school bus.

The crash occurred at 1:48 a.m. March 6 near Three Oaks Parkway and Winged Foot Drive in San Carlos Park. Edgar Salgado, 18, of Fort Myers, died at the scene and Bonita Springs resident Billy Cortez, 17, of Bonita Springs, died six days later at Lee Memorial Hospital.

The two, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected during the rollover of a 2004 Suzuki sport utility vehicle packed with a total of eight individuals, according to an FHP report. Three passengers fled the scene.

Mairena suffered minor injuries, as did Salgado’s brother, Alan Salgado, 15, also of Bonita Springs.

The crash occurred when the Suzuki, traveling east on Winged Foot Drive, failed to negotiate a slight right curve in the road and drove onto a shoulder on the left side of the road. The driver over-corrected to the right, causing the Suzuki to rotate and overturn, according to the FHP report.

Alan Salgado said the teens were drinking at the time of the accident, according to Edwin Negron, a family friend interviewed by NBC-2 for an earlier report.

Calls to Mairena’s mother, were not immediately returned Thursday. Calls to Mairena’s telephone number listed on his arrest report were answered, but no one spoke.

Mairena has an extensive arrest record, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on 13 different felony counts between June 2007 and September 2008, including six counts of felony burglary, including twice while armed, three counts of felony larceny, and two counts each of theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property. Records also show he twice violated probation in juvenile court. Because he was a juvenile, whether he was convicted was not available.

He turned 18 in mid-March, after the crash, but can be prosecuted as an adult due to his lengthy record. If he’s arrested, that decision would be made by the State Attorney’s Office, which files formal charges.

His most recent arrest, Wednesday, came a day after a student’s book bag containing a laptop computer was thrown from the bus. The victim, whose name and age was not released, said he had fallen asleep on the bus and when he awakened, could not find his book bag from the seat in front of him.

The boy said other students told him another student had thrown it out of the window, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Inside the book bag were two binders, ear buds, an Alpha Smart computer and an algebra text book.

Three students watched as the book bag was thrown from the bus and they told deputies “Noe was laughing and found it funny to take (the boy’s) book bag while he was sleeping on the bus.”

Mairena was released from jail on pre-trial release, said John Sheehan, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Cpl. Steven Devore of the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-354-2377, ext 111.*

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