Police: Marco man accused in fatal crash was rushing home from gym

Peter Ferreira

Peter Ferreira

— A Marco Island man accused of vehicular homicide in the Saturday death of a 91-year-old woman was rushing home from the gym to get a protein boost because he’d forgotten it, an arrest report shows.

Theresa Lesniak, 91, was driving south on Bayport Avenue when her 2000 Toyota Camry was struck at the Tahiti Road intersection by a 2012 Nissan Maxima driven by Peter William Ferreira, 42, a Marco Island police report shows.

Lesniak, of the 1300 block of Bayport Avenue, Marco Island, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger, whose name wasn’t released, in her vehicle was transported to a Physicians Regional Hospital for treatment, a Marco Island police news release said.

A Marco Island police report said Ferreira, of the 100 block of Marco Villas on Marco Island, told officers he was driving home from the gym because “he forgot his protein and was in a hurry.”

Ferreira said he was traveling about 35 mph and didn’t see the intersection’s stop sign, according to the report, which said he did see Lesniak’s car and hit the brakes, but didn’t stop in time before striking her car.

The speed limit there is 25 mph, police said.

The report noted there were no skidmarks prior to the 1:17 p.m. collision.

Ferreira refused to take a test to determine if he was impaired, the report said.

In 2005, Ferreira was arrested by Marco Island police and accused of driving under the influence and refused to take breath, blood or urine tests, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

After the Marco crash Saturday, Ferreira was taken to an NCH Healthcare System hospital for treatment. Upon his release, he was arrested by Marco Island police and charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. He was taken to the Collier County Jail, where he remained Sunday.

Telephone calls placed to Lesniak’s and Ferreira’s residences in an attempt to learn more about them weren’t answered.

Ferreira’s occupation is left blank on his arrest paperwork, but Florida real estate records list a man by that name at his address as a real estate agent.

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RayPray writes:

"The speed limit there is 25 mph, police said."

>>> Do better by walking

"He was traveling around 35 mph"

>>> That says it all!

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>>> Regular Jesse James....

RayPray writes:

FYI

Since this story not covered here:

http://www.news-press.com/article/201...

Konfuzius writes:

I feel sorry for both - the lady and the driver. Both life's are over.

August8 writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

I feel sorry for both - the lady and the driver. Both life's are over.

Sure,sure, cry me a river fella after all the complaining about trffic enforcement on Marco, you have again reached a zero.

MrBreeze writes:

August, no traffic enforcment will stop the lifestyle which some people will never break.

How sad that a innocent woman is killed in her own residential neighborhood.

1Paradiselost writes:

Mr. Ferreira is a local real estate agent for IBR here on Marco. If This gentleman travels between the gym and his home let's say 3 times a week. He should have known where ALL the stops signs are located!

"He was traveling around 35 mph and didn’t see the intersection’s stop sign, according to the report, which said he did see Lesniak’s car and hit the brakes, but didn’t stop in time before striking her car.

The speed limit there is 25 mph, police said.

The report noted there were no skid marks prior to the 1:17 p.m. collision"

He hit the brakes and there were no skid marks?

It also say... "Ferreira refused to take a test to determine if he was impaired, the report said"

I can think of only one reason why this gentleman did not comply with the offices request to take a breathalyzer test.

This man needs to be kept in jail! Been arrested the following times....

#1329766TB 6/04/2013 Traffic Infractions.

$1200998SC 7/03/2012 Defendant Small Claims $2,500

#0900160CC 7/10/2009 Defendant Property Foreclosure

#0900160CC 1/21/2009 Defendant Lien Foreclosure

#0541690TR 7/26/2005 Defendant Traffic Infractions

#0506868CT 8/15/2005 Defendant Criminal Traffic

#052291CFA 7/18/2005 Defendant FELONY

#0213347MMA 12/11/2002 Defendant Criminal Traffic

##0001761MMA 2/22/2000 Defendant Criminal Traffic.

Go to http://www.collierclerk.com/disclaime...

Type in the defendants name.

Coldfeet writes:

As a regular visitor to Marco, I continue to be surprised by the frequency of other drivers failing to stop at stop signs & drive at the posted speed limits in residential neighborhoods. We stay in a home off Bayport Ave & there needs to be more police patrolling that area. Although we regularly saw police sitting in Veterans Community Park, there was only one time that we saw a police car patrolling our neighborhood during our stay there last month. We rode our bikes down Bayport Ave every day & we felt safer on the main roads for this reason. God bless that poor woman & her family. I hope she never knew what hit her. I agree with 1Paradiselost that this man needs to be kept in jail.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Coldfeet:

As a regular visitor to Marco, I continue to be surprised by the frequency of other drivers failing to stop at stop signs & drive at the posted speed limits in residential neighborhoods. We stay in a home off Bayport Ave & there needs to be more police patrolling that area. Although we regularly saw police sitting in Veterans Community Park, there was only one time that we saw a police car patrolling our neighborhood during our stay there last month. We rode our bikes down Bayport Ave every day & we felt safer on the main roads for this reason. God bless that poor woman & her family. I hope she never knew what hit her. I agree with 1Paradiselost that this man needs to be kept in jail.

I have no idea what August will tell me with his post. But I watch every day our MIPD keystone cops patrol the beach at least 4 to 6 times.

YES! By his history this guy has to go behind bars. I feel sorry for the 91 year old woman. Not a death she deserved.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

It is without a doubt, very tragic that a person had to lose their life over the carelessness of not stopping at a stop sign.
But....
Until the Coroner states that the woman lost her life instantly, the question has to be asked, was she still alive from the moment of the accident until medical personnel declared her "a fatality" some 15 minutes after emergency first arrived on the scene. The question has to be asked to Fire Chief Murphy and to Chief Hunter, were the first (4) responding officers so wrapped up in the ensuing argument between the son in law and Mr. Ferreira that they never bothered to check on the 91 year old woman.
Even when ambulance personnel showed on scene, that they were so busy trying to not take both survivors of the crash to the hospital in the same ambulance that no one bothered to check the 91 year old woman.
Collier County logs will show that emergency responders under Chief Murphy and Chief Hunter failed to do their jobs properly. She was never attended to for the first 15 minutes after the accident.
I wonder what will truths will be hidden from the public.

tikihut2206 writes:

hopefully an autopsy will be performed on this 91 year old woman to determine if she had a heart attack or stroke before the accident..but I still believe this man should not have his license after all his arrests for driving recklessly..as a part timer on the island I really want to know what the police do since we pay them.....

Konfuzius writes:

hopefully an autopsy will be performed on this 91 year old woman to determine if she had a heart attack or stroke before the accident..but I still believe this man should not have his license after all his arrests for driving recklessly..as a part timer on the island I really want to know what the police do since we pay them.....watch the beach!

marco826 writes:

in response to August8:

Sure,sure, cry me a river fella after all the complaining about trffic enforcement on Marco, you have again reached a zero.

Your ignorance slip is showing August.....This was a tragic accident. Konfuzius is right, two deaths. His opinion on who should be performing enforcement has nothing to do with his sentiments regarding the sad event. You sound like an angry man.

multi_million_heir writes:

Wonder if he was juiced up like the other lifter that killed the woman by Chalmers Dr a few years back. Little roid rage?

August8 writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

August, no traffic enforcment will stop the lifestyle which some people will never break.

How sad that a innocent woman is killed in her own residential neighborhood.

Some truth to what you said but there is nothing like a sound deterance. When a DUI check point is established in a particular location for a number of hours perhaps 8-15 DUI arrests occur. But the real benifit is those that travel or drive under the influence are aware that they may become part of a deal like this and without a doubt many accidents and deaths are avoided.States legalizing drugs and a permisive sociaty has compounded the problem and we have yet to fully see the uninteded consequences for sure.

RayPray writes:

in response to August8:

Some truth to what you said but there is nothing like a sound deterance. When a DUI check point is established in a particular location for a number of hours perhaps 8-15 DUI arrests occur. But the real benifit is those that travel or drive under the influence are aware that they may become part of a deal like this and without a doubt many accidents and deaths are avoided.States legalizing drugs and a permisive sociaty has compounded the problem and we have yet to fully see the uninteded consequences for sure.

"States legalizing drugs and a permisive sociaty has compounded the problem and we have yet to fully see the uninteded consequences for sure."

sociaty?

uninteded?

This guy was racing at 35 mph!!

If the Marco Keystone Kops are too incompetent & slow to outrun such speed demons and then have zero idea how to handle an accident scene, maybe we need some real knowledgeable professionals like the TSA to be blocking every potentially fatal island intersection.

Why has the Marco Keystone Kops not considered that Peter may be the vanguard of some nefarious terrorist plot against the senile citizens of our community?

MrBreeze writes:

August, I would be in favor of all DUI checks on Marco Island anytime of day or night. I would also be in favor in any and all testing that would show the driver to be impaired be it any substance.

I would have a zero tolerence position for these offenders also.

To be killed on your own street is just not right.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

August, I would be in favor of all DUI checks on Marco Island anytime of day or night. I would also be in favor in any and all testing that would show the driver to be impaired be it any substance.

I would have a zero tolerence position for these offenders also.

To be killed on your own street is just not right.

Very simple and very true.

August8 writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

August, I would be in favor of all DUI checks on Marco Island anytime of day or night. I would also be in favor in any and all testing that would show the driver to be impaired be it any substance.

I would have a zero tolerence position for these offenders also.

To be killed on your own street is just not right.

Your on it MrBreeze, 100%. Check points are normally a joint operation with state and local jurisdictions and represent a huge benifit for all concerned. Not sure if Marco's problems are so pervasive to have one on the island but a great suggestion would be Collier Blvd north of the Jolly Bridge on a Fri-Sat Night, plenty of activity moving in each direction that warrants intervention and it should be very successful I believe.
If citizens like yourself would independantly request or demand an action such at that it would happen?

August8 writes:

in response to RayPray:

"States legalizing drugs and a permisive sociaty has compounded the problem and we have yet to fully see the uninteded consequences for sure."

sociaty?

uninteded?

This guy was racing at 35 mph!!

If the Marco Keystone Kops are too incompetent & slow to outrun such speed demons and then have zero idea how to handle an accident scene, maybe we need some real knowledgeable professionals like the TSA to be blocking every potentially fatal island intersection.

Why has the Marco Keystone Kops not considered that Peter may be the vanguard of some nefarious terrorist plot against the senile citizens of our community?

Hey, It's great that residents are outraged at the actions and result of this cat's activity but to criticize a four man patrol system for not preventing this is rediculous.
Citizens demand more they will get it but the truth is more about MrBreeze's comment in that you can't always prevent some human conduct so the best response must be deterance.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to August8:

Hey, It's great that residents are outraged at the actions and result of this cat's activity but to criticize a four man patrol system for not preventing this is rediculous.
Citizens demand more they will get it but the truth is more about MrBreeze's comment in that you can't always prevent some human conduct so the best response must be deterance.

"Citizens demand more they will get...."

That is not true. Citizens get not enough for that they pay. I guess we will get the same results and services on Marco Island with 50% less of MIPD staff. Maybe we get more, because the rest is much more motivated to do a great job. Better is - bring the Sheriff back.

1Paradiselost writes:

Has anyone noticed, It is a police state since Hunter took over!

MrBreeze writes:

Hascle, that is easy to say until it is a member of your family dead on your home residential street. I like the idea of check points coming and going on 951 between US 41. I am all for it bring it on.

This was totally unacceptable and has to stop. Send a warning out this will not be tolerated.

To be killed like that is just hard to believe.

RayPray writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

Hascle, that is easy to say until it is a member of your family dead on your home residential street. I like the idea of check points coming and going on 951 between US 41. I am all for it bring it on.

This was totally unacceptable and has to stop. Send a warning out this will not be tolerated.

To be killed like that is just hard to believe.

To stop terrorists like Peter wantonly ignoring stop signs what we need is tanks on every block of the island:

When are the Kops going to get tough!!!

https://www.aclu.org/militarization

August8 writes:

in response to Hascle:

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You can't really be serious with this rediculas comment could you? Police state when we are speaking to the mere safty of citizens, to much dude.

August8 writes:

in response to Hascle:

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I don't think you are making any sense or you are one of the town drunks.You are correct on the high ratio of drinking drivers on the weekends,so?

RayPray writes:

in response to August8:

I don't think you are making any sense or you are one of the town drunks.You are correct on the high ratio of drinking drivers on the weekends,so?

"You are correct on the high ratio of drinking drivers on the weekends,so?"

>>> Including most of the Marco Keystone Kops starting with a former warmly-remembered Chief?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

"You are correct on the high ratio of drinking drivers on the weekends,so?"

>>> Including most of the Marco Keystone Kops starting with a former warmly-remembered Chief?

Was his name Carr? Can not step out of his car on the beach? Can you refresh my memory?
However - I will be not nasty. But normal police work has my full support. I prefer the Sheriff.

August8 writes:

in response to Hascle:

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No, punk kids, heck no !!

August8 writes:

in response to RayPray:

"You are correct on the high ratio of drinking drivers on the weekends,so?"

>>> Including most of the Marco Keystone Kops starting with a former warmly-remembered Chief?

I say you or anyone else drink til ya choke, that's cool just don't drive or get your head knocked off.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Give it time and the truth will come out.

For example:

1. Pete was estimated going over 60 miles an hour by an eye witness.

2. Pete, and another group of substance abusers, are know to drink shots in a well know bar as early as 6:30 AM.

Also, does anyone else find it weird that the Cities 20th Anniversary is Friday the 13th????

August8 writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

Give it time and the truth will come out.

For example:

1. Pete was estimated going over 60 miles an hour by an eye witness.

2. Pete, and another group of substance abusers, are know to drink shots in a well know bar as early as 6:30 AM.

Also, does anyone else find it weird that the Cities 20th Anniversary is Friday the 13th????

See you guy's know more about Pete than anyone, cool

1Paradiselost writes:

With his past criminal record he belongs in jail!

This type of perp has no respect for the law or himself.

He killed someone with a weapon, in this case a car. He needs sometime behind bars (not in them) to think about his crime!

August8 writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

With his past criminal record he belongs in jail!

This type of perp has no respect for the law or himself.

He killed someone with a weapon, in this case a car. He needs sometime behind bars (not in them) to think about his crime!

So---Look who's tuff on 'something' now, is this Sat??

RayPray writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

With his past criminal record he belongs in jail!

This type of perp has no respect for the law or himself.

He killed someone with a weapon, in this case a car. He needs sometime behind bars (not in them) to think about his crime!

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