Woman dead after falling out of van in North Fort Myers

Posted at 6:51 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 13:22:50-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A North Fort Myers woman is dead after a strange incident on Pine Island Road Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just before 4:30 p.m. at the intersection with Judd Creek Boulevard, just west of North Cleveland Avenue/U.S. 41.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, an older model van was headed westbound on Pine Island Road and stopped at the traffic light at the intersection.  As the light turned green the van entered the intersection, and midway across a female passenger came out of the right front window and landed in the intersection.

The van continued traveling westbound, and may have entered the parking lot of the nearby Home Depot.

The woman, later identified as 44-year-old Rachel Lowe of North Fort Myers, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The van is described as possibly gray, silver, or maroon, with a fixed ladder on the back.

The death is still under investigation.  If you have any information about this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or FHP at 239-938-1800.