With the new year barely into its sixth week, Cape Coral has seen five traffic deaths.
Mary Darlene Watkins, 59, of 3514 S.E. 2 Place died on scene Monday after she drove off Acadamey Boulevard for unknown reasons and struck a wooden utility pole and palm tree head on, Cape Coral police reported Monday
She was southbound at 2:03 p.m. when she lost control of her 2009 Honda Civic.
She was pinned in her vehicle due to the force of the crash and died at 2:14 p.m.
Electrical power in the area was interrupted and the southbound lane of Academy remained closed while LCEC replaced the utility pole, police reported.
Four other traffic-related deaths have been reported since the start of 2013.