Car overturns at N. Collier Blvd. on Marco Island, two passengers transported to hospital
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to add new information provided by Capt. Dave Baer via email on 5:21 p.m., Wednesday]
Two people were transported to the hospital after a car overturned at N. Collier Blvd. by Yellow Street in Marco Island on 12:02 p.m.,Tuesday, according to Capt. Dave Baer of the Marco Island Police Department.
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The Eagle observed as firefighters removed one of the passengers who was put on a stretcher. The other passenger was able to stand up with the help of emergency personnel.
The upside-down 4-door vehicle was a blue Saturn VUE with a Delaware license plate.
"Arriving officers found two vehicles involved: one of the vehicles upside down in the roadway and a palm tree knocked down in the median," Baer wrote. "One individual was extricated from their vehicle by police and fire personnel."
"One driver, as well as one passenger, were transported to local hospitals -- one with serious injuries."
The crash required traffic to be diverted off of N. Collier Blvd. for an extended period of time.
The 2005 Saturn VUE driven by Hector Manual Reyes Garay from Newark, Delaware was southbound in the 1200 block of N. Collier Blvd. when it veered off the right side of the roadway and struck several mailboxes and signs, according to Baer. The car continued into the center median at Yellowbird St., when it struck a tree and hit a second vehicle.
The Saturn then overturned in the northbound lanes of N. Collier Blvd.
"Garay was determined to be asleep or fatigued before the crash," Baer wrote. "Lady Margett Reyes, a passenger in Vehicle #1, was transported to the hospital."
The second vehicle, a 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Janice Procupp from St. Augustine, Florida, was northbound on N. Collier Blvd. at Yellowbird St. when it was struck by the Saturn, Baer wrote. A passenger in the second car was identified as Penelope Ellen Weissgerber.
All drivers and passengers used seat belts and neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash, Baer wrote.
Omar Rodríguez Ortiz is a community reporter for Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram as @Omar_fromPR, and on Facebook. Support his work by subscribing to Naples Daily News.