A Collier County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured and three other people sustained minor injuries during a wreck Monday near Everglades City.
Around 1:30 p.m., Cpl. Christopher Metalious, 65, who is assigned to the Everglades City substation, was heading north on State Road 29 about two miles south of U.S. 41 responding to a crash with his emergency lights activated, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. As he approached an informational parking lot, two vehicles were slowing down in front of him.
One of the vehicles, a 2008 Subaru Impreza driven by Shannon Curry, 25, of Lawrenceville, Ga., started to turn left into the informational center, reports said. Metalious was trying to overtake both vehicles in the no-passing zone, the report said.
Metalious, who was driving a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, struck the rear end of the Subaru with his vehicle’s front end, the report said. The Subaru spun around and landed in a ditch, while the patrol car came to a final stop at the entrance of the informational parking lot, the report said.
Metalios sustained serious injuries but was listed in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers on Monday night. Curry and her passengers, Steven Earl Curry, 58, and Lynn Johnson Curry, 57, were all transported to Physicians Regional Collier Boulevard with minor injuries, reports said. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
The other vehicle Metalious was attempting to pass was an Ochopee Fire pickup.