Three-Vehicle Crash Caused by Sleepy Driver

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In Clay County, three vehicles are involved in a crash due to one driver falling asleep at the wheel.

On August 8, 2012 at approximately 1:50 p.m., Juan Hernandez, age 58 from Kansas City, Kansas, was operating a 2012 Dodge and traveling in the northbound direction on Missouri 92 at Interstate 35. Michelle Cummins, age 25 of Kearney, Missouri was operating a 2003 Lincoln and traveling in the eastbound direction. Timothy Gomez, age 36 of Kearney, Missouri was operating a 2004 Chevrolet and traveling in the eastbound direction. Darren Gomez, age 13 of Kearney, Missouri was the only passenger in Timothy’s vehicle during the time of the crash.

At that said time and place, Hernandez was traveling northbound on Missouri 92 and Interstate 35 when the crash occurred. Hernandez then fell asleep at the wheel while operating his vehicle on a ramp at Interstate 35 and Missouri 92, causing him to run his vehicle off the roadway. Cummins and Gomez were coming to a stop at a stop light, and Hernandez’ vehicle collided both Cummins’ and Gomez’ vehicles in the passenger side. Due to the impact from the collision, both vehicles were pushed across traffic and into the guard rail.

Cummins received moderate injuries from the crash collision and was taken to Liberty Hospital by Kearney EMS. Timothy Gomez received minor injuries and his passenger, Darren Gomez, received moderate injuries; both were transported by Kearney EMS to Liberty Hospital for medical treatment. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hernandez was uninjured and did not seek medical attention.

All participants involved in this auto-crash were reported to be wearing their seat belts during the time of the crash.

Cummins’ Lincoln received extensive damages and was towed by Precision Towing. Timothy Gomez’ Chevrolet received extensive damages and was towed by Gladstone Towing. Hernandez’ Dodge received total damages from the crash and was towed by Interstate Tow.

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


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