CAPE CORAL, Fla. — On October 11th, Cape Coral Police responded to an early morning crash on Burnt Store Road.
According to Police, Vehicle 1, a Ford Explorer driven by Nathaniel Christian O’Dea, 29, was driving South on Burnt Store Road. Vehicle 2, a Nissan Altima driven by Dwight Headley Reynolds, was driving North on Burnt Store Road.
O’Dea began to drive South in the North lane of Burnt Store Road, directly into the path of Reynolds vehicle. Reynolds attempted to avoid O’Dea’s vehicle by skidding and pulling to the left before the traffic crash.
Both vehicles struck head on and came to a rest. O’Dea suffered minor injuries and refused medical transport.
Reynolds was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. His passenger of George Junior Troy Smith III, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died of injuries suffered in the traffic crash.
It was determined that O’Dea was at fault in the traffic crash, and a DUI investigation was conducted on the driver. Upon completion, the driver was placed under arrest and provided a breath test at the Cape Coral Police Department. Breath results showed that the driver had a BAC of 0.181 and 0.173.
It was further determined that Dwight Headley Reynolds had a medical blood alcohol level of 0.151.
Nathaniel Christian O’Dea was arrested and charged with the following:
- One count- DUI Manslaughter
- One count- DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury
- One count- DUI Causing Property Damage
Investigators determined Alcohol was a factor in this traffic crash.
If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling
239-574-3223, submitting an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips, https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous, sending us a message through our social media platforms or calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Please use the Case Report #20-018895.