MARCO ISLAND — 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.