FORT MYERS, Fla. - The southbound lanes of Michael G. Rippe Parkway are now open near Tamiami Trail after a deadly crash shut down to road for 5 hours. Troopers say the crash was caused by a red light runner and left a Fort Myers woman dead.
The crash happened around 11:30 Monday night and investigators worked on the scene well into Tuesday morning. The scene cleared around 4:30 Tuesday morning.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Annette Jones-Bowers was driving westbound on Michael G. Rippe Parkway and proceeded to turn left onto U.S. 41 on a green arrow. That's when a car headed northbound on U.S. 41 ran the red light and slammed into Jones-Bowers' driver side.
Jones-Bowers was taken to Gulf Coast Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the other car, 52-year-old Cynthia Moss of Cape Coral, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Charges are pending the outcome of toxicology results.
Two passengers in her car also suffered minor injuries, and had alcohol in their system, according to FHP.