Fort Myers stabbing leads to high speed chase, crash in North Fort Myers

Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 06:44:51-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Numerous authorities were on the scene of a vehicle crash in North Fort Myers after a high-speed chase that started following a stabbing in Fort Myers.

The crash happened a little after 8 AM Monday on Bayshore Road just off N. Tamiami Trail/Business 41.

It started when police responded to a call about a stabbing in the 1900 block of Palm Avenue, where they found 38-year-old Audrey Hill in the car with the stabbing victim. Hill drove off and led police on a high-speed chase over the Edison Bridge, where she collided with a plumbing van on the corner of North Bayshore Road and North Tamiami Trail. 

Police say that Hill exited the vehicle and preceded on foot where she was arrested in the parking lot of of the Weaver's Corner shopping center.

People in the area had varied reactions to hearing the news of what happened in their neighborhood.

Geroge Saladino was disgusted when he learned about the incident.  "The feeling of somebody stabbing another woman in the eye when they are going down the street, I think that what hit home with me", he told Fox 4. 

Another local man, Mr. Smith said he was happy the police responded as quickly as they did. 
"No question if the police got the person who did that, then that's why we need the police. I'd rather have them than not have them". 

Fort Myers Police have charged Hill with one count of aggravated battery and one count of felony fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.  The Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash and charged Hill with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

The victim was inside the vehicle and transported to Lee Memorial Hospital by Lee County EMS.