A fiery crash on Fort Myers Beach this weekend injured four people.

The accident happened about 4 a.m. Sunday when an SUV speeding along Estero Boulevard was unable to make a curve near the 6000 block. The SUV went off the road, side-swiped a concrete wall and then hit another concrete wall head-on at the Church of the Ascension. The SUV went through the concrete and hit a tree. The vehicle caught on fire during the crash.

It took emergency officials about an hour to free one of the victims from the wreckage. One of the victims was released from the hospital while the rest are still being treated.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. Officials believe alcohol may have been a factor.

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There are some simple safety tips that can avoid these types of accidents. It seems obvious — don’t drink and drive and don’t speed. Stop and think before you get into a car and start that ignition. How much have you had to drink? The best option is to have a designated driver. Pay attention to how much you have to drink and if you have to even think about whether you are OK to drive, don’t. If you are with a group of friends and you don’t think the person should be driving, take their keys. Your life and the lives of others are in their hands.

It is also important to keep an eye on your speed, especially on curves or other dangerous road conditions. Follow the speed limit and only go as fast as the conditions dictate. If it’s dark or rainy or there are any other factors, you probably want to go slower than the speed limit.

At Bernardo Injury Law, we are concerned about your safety. We hope your family never has to experience a tragedy. If you do, know we are here to help. Contact us at (239) 332-3000 or email us at gethelp@injuryinfo.org.