Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Fort Myers man after he attempted to drive away after a wrong-way crash in Hendry County.
FHP said Manuel Garcia Montalvo was driving east on westbound Helms Road, west of State Road 29, causing a second vehicle to turn in order to avoid hitting his pickup.
The other vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Fort Myers woman, overturned and landed on its roof. A 37-year-old male passenger suffered minor injuries. Four others, between the ages of 18 and 40, were not injured.
Garcia Montalvo fled the scene and attempted to make a U-turn near A-Road but got stuck in the east grass shoulder of State Road 29.
Authorities said he was arrested for leaving the scene, DUI and infractions for no registration, no insurance and driving the wrong way.
Garcia Montalvo was booked into Hendry County Jail, troopers said.
Comment from Anidjar and Levine:
Marc Anidjar, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “This unfortunate accident happened on Helms Road, west of State Road 29 because someone was driving under the influence. Our condolence goes to the families of the injured. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle or vehicle accident can affect the lives of all parties involved and their families who feel the effects even when they are not directly involved. The pain and suffering that comes with these incidents can become a major burden on day-to-day life.”
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