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Austin Dukette, 15, killed in Bicycle accident with the Lee County patrol car of Douglas E. Hood, on Kismet Parkway and Northwest Seventh Avenue in Cape Coral, FL
UPDATE- Cape Coral Police Traffic Homicide Investigators Conclude Investigation Into Fatal Bicycle Crash
Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Homicide Investigators have concluded an almost 2-month long investigation into an early-morning crash that involved a young bicyclist and a Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy driving a marked patrol car.
Lee County deputy was found at fault in an accident that killed Austin Dukette, 15. Deputy Douglas E. Hood was cited for careless driving following a two-month investigation. Austin was riding his bike to school on August 22nd and Hood hit the back tire of the boy's bike, from behind, with his patrol car on Kismet Parkway and Northwest Seventh Avenue, in Cape Coral, FL. Investigations revealed that the computer in the patrol car was a factor in the accident, the environmental factor that it was dark at 6 a.m., the bicycle was not adequately lit (although he was using bike lights), and the child wore dark clothing. Dukette was not wearing a helmet.