A tow truck driver was killed after a cable snapped as he was loading a vehicle, causing it to fall back onto him.
The victim, identified as Wes Dale, died in the area of Northeast Pine Island Road and Pondella Road.
The family of Dale confirmed he died Saturday morning after being rushed to the ICU Friday night.
A close family friend of the tow truck driver said he works for NAPA Auto Parts and he is in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital trauma center.
Former Cape Coral mayor Marni Sawicki was good friends with Dale:
“Wes was a dear friend. A close friend. I’ve known him for almost six years. He was someone I could always count on to text or call just to make sure I was holding up during the most difficult times of my term. With Wes, I never had to be anyone but me. He never judged,” Sawicki said.
An employee of Dale’s, Kyle Walton, released the following statement on Saturday:
For the short time that I’ve worked for Wes, he is a very nice caring person. He cared about his community and helped to change laws and ordinances in Cape Coral to not only help his community and the people of Cape Coral, but the towing community. He will be sorely missed.
Dale’s ex-wife, Christine Dale, also released a statement on his passing:
“He was an amazing man. His greatest accomplishment was being a father and he was great at it. He loved living in Cape Coral and everyone in Cape Coral loved him. It’s a loss for the whole community.”
In 2017, Dale was a part of an NBC2 story on how security cameras were helping to protect his business. Read that story here.
The victim’s friend said the tow truck driver was hooking up a silver Chevy Silverado when he was killed.
The friend said police told them that pickup truck belongs to someone who got arrested earlier Friday.
Pine Island Road was partially shut down while officers worked the scene.