Punta Gorda Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash
At approximately 4:45 p.m. yesterday, Punta Gorda Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Royal Poinciana in the City of Punta Gorda. The crash involved two vehicles including a motorcycle.
The Punta Gorda Fire Department and Charlotte County EMS responded to the scene and immediately began providing medical aid to the motorcyclist. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
74 year old Dennis Michael Mortiz of the 200 block of Lido Drive in Punta Gorda was subsequently transported by Charlotte County EMS to Bayfront Health Punta Gorda where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.
At this phase of the investigation alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.
Interim Captain Dylan Renz
Punta Gorda Police Department