Sleepy Driver Causes Crash

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In Webster County, the two brothers are seriously injured early Tuesday morning after the driver of the vehicle falls asleep.

On April 24, 2012 at approximately 4:27 a.m., Charles A. Dry, age 26 and a resident of Aurora, Missouri was operating a 2005 GMC and traveling in the westbound direction. Charles L. Dry, age 24 and of Oldfield, Missouri was the passenger in the vehicle during the time of the crash.

At that said time and place, Charles A. was traveling westbound on I-44 and two miles east of Marshfield, Missouri. The crash occurred when Charles fell asleep at the wheel and traveled off the right side of the highway, causing the vehicle to overturn, and ejecting the driver from the vehicle.

Charles A. Dry and passenger, Charles L. Dry, were both seriously injured in the crash. Both men were transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri by ambulance. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Charles L. Dry was wearing his seat belt; Charles A. Dry was not.

Charles A. Dry’s 2005 GMC received total damages as a result of the crash and his vehicle was towed by Marshfield Towing.

According to the National Sleep Foundation‘s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60% of adult drivers – about 168 million people – say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel! In fact, of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. Four percent – approximately eleven million drivers – admit they have had an accident or near accident because they dozed off or were too tired to drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These figures may be the tip of the iceberg, since currently it is difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop D.

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