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17-Year-Old Bonita Springs Boy Dies Six Days After SUV Crash; Driver Still Unnamed

The Fran Haasch Law Group

A 17-year-old Bonita Springs boy has died from injuries suffered in a SUV crash last Sunday morning.

Billy Cortez died today at Lee Memorial Hospital according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The FHP reports that the identity of the driver and the other passengers who fled the scene is still pending investigation.

One south Lee County teenager lost his life and another is in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital following a vehicle accident early Sunday morning in San Carlos Park, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Fort Myers resident Edgar Salgado, 18, died and Bonita Springs resident Billy Cortez, 17, was critically injured after they were ejected during the rollover of a 2004 Suzuki sport utility vehicle packed with a total of eight individuals, according to an FHP report.
The driver, whom the agency did not name pending identification, was reported to suffer minor injuries. Three unnamed passengers fled the vehicle after the accident, the report stated.
Two other passengers suffered minor injuries in the crash, Bonita Springs residents Noe Mairena, 17, and the deceased’s brother, Alan Salgado, 15.

According to the report, the Suzuki was moving east on Winged Foot Drive near Three Oaks Parkway at 1:48 a.m. when the driver didn’t turn to follow a slight right curve in the road and drove onto a shoulder on the left side of the road.

The driver then over-corrected to the right, causing the Suzuki to rotate clockwise, overturn and eject Edgar Salgado and Cortez, who were not wearing seat belts, the report said. The crash resulted in $10,000 in damage to the vehicle, the report said.
Alan Salgado said the teens were drinking at the time of the accident, according to Edwin Negron, a family friend interviewed by NBC-2.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, two of the four passengers identified in the report have been arrested on felony charges in the past.
Edgar Salgado was arrested on a felony burglary charge on Feb. 26, 2010, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Mairena has been arrested on 13 different felony counts between June 2007 and September 2008, including six counts of felony burglary, three counts of felony larceny, two counts of theft of a firearm, and two counts of dealing in stolen property, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office Spokesman John Sheehan said information concerning any misdemeanor arrests of juveniles can not be released.

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


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