Fla. Paramedic, Family Still Hospitalized after July 4 Crash

Fire Chief: Newborn daughter delivered by emergency cesarean section after crash still listed in critical condition

 

 
 
 

Kristine Gill, Naples (Fla.) Daily News | | Tuesday, July 9, 2013


It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in a Fourth of July crash that killed a Fort Myers man and landed a Naples firefighter and his family in the hospital.

A Lee County Sheriff's Office report released Monday yields no information as to Robert Thomas Bridwell's condition at the time of the crash, labeling his condition as "unknown." Toxicology reports for the 37-year-old Fort Myers man won't be available for weeks, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office said.

Bridwell was found to be operating his car in an "erratic, reckless or aggressive manner" at the time of the crash, according to the report.

Corey Adamski, 26, his wife, Kristina Adamski, 25, and their daughters Grace, 6, and Chloe, 3, were all being treated for their injuries this weekend after Bridwell's sedan struck the family's SUV head on along State Route 82 near Rod and Gun Club Road in Fort Myers. At the time of impact, Bridwell's car was driving in the wrong lane, the report shows.

Corey Adamski was driving the family's vehicle and his condition was listed as "apparently normal" at the time of the crash, according to the report, meaning drug and alcohol use were not suspected.

In 911 audio released Monday, a man describes Bridwell's car bursting into flames shortly after the crash. An emergency worker on the scene says he's "probably got a signal 7 in the car," which is police lingo for a dead person.

Kristina Adamski can be heard in the background saying that she can't feel her leg.

"She thinks her water broke, and she's got, looks like one leg pinned under the dashboard," a witness to the crash told the dispatcher.

The Adamski family of Naples is recovering at Lee Memorial Hospital, where their conditions were upgraded over the weekend from critical to serious. As of Monday, both were in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lee Memorial does not release the conditions of children without parental permission and could not comment on the children's conditions Monday.

Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny said the last he heard, the family's newborn daughter, Penelope, who was delivered by emergency cesarean section after the crash, was still listed in critical condition. He said Grace and Chloe were still hospitalized and that Corey Adamski had surgery Monday morning that went well.

The 100 Club of Collier County donated $5,000 to the family this week, McInerny said, The group raises money for injured and fallen first responders and their families.

Donations to the family can be made at any Fifth Third Bank in the state to the Adamski Family Relief Fund.

A fund has also been set up online through the site www.gofundme.com with a goal of raising $5,000 for the family. More than $3,800 had been raised as of Monday evening. To donate there, visit http://www.gofundme.com/3hvl4s.

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Staff writers Liz Freeman and Jessica Lipscomb contributed to this report.



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