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FHP: Truck runs red light, motorcyclist killed

November 8, 2017
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A motorcyclist died Tuesday in Lehigh Acres after he collided into a truck that ran a red light.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Robert Leamon Sewell, 66, of Alva, sustained fatal injuries during the accident at Lee Boulevard and Bella Court. Sewell was not wearing a helmet at the time.

At 9:09 a.m., an International 7000 Service truck was traveling eastbound on Lee in the center lane, approaching a red light at Bella Court. Leaving the parking lot of the Walmart at 2523 Lee Blvd., Sewell was northbound on a Honda GL1500 and coming to a green light at Lee in the left turn lane.

A Honda Civic headed southbound on Bella also came to the green light to turn left onto Lee.

The motorcycle and Civic entered the intersection to make their turns, while the truck entered the intersection on the red light, violating the right of way of both vehicles, according to the FHP.

The driver of the truck, James Harold Simonson, 56, of Preston, Maryland, attempted to avoid a collision with the motorcycle by steering to the left.The front of the motorcycle still struck the right side of truck. The motorcycle overturned and Sewell was propelled off it before coming to a rest.

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The FHP reported that Sewell was pronounced dead on scene.

After the collision, the truck continued to travel eastbound into the intersection as the Civic was attempting its turn. The front of the truck struck the right side of Civic and both came to a final stop.

The driver of the Civic, Micheline Crispin, 77, and her passenger, Raymond Crispin, 80, both of Lehigh, sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Their conditions were unknown as of this afternoon.

Simonson and his passenger, Justin Ray Sweat, 43, of Arcadia, were uninjured.

According to the FHP, charges are pending for Simonson.

The accident is not alcohol or drug related.



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