Along with DUI and distracted driving, another driving mistake that has claimed many lives is “drowsy driving.” According to the Centers for Disease Control statistics, 1 in 25 adult drivers have reported falling asleep behind the wheel in the past 30 days. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that an estimated 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were caused by drowsy driving. This number may be underreported, and as many as 6.000 crashes per year may be caused by driving while tired. WTOL reports on a deadly crash where fatigue may have been to blame.
The accident, which was confirmed as having had two fatalities by the Lee County Coroner, happened on Monday at around 6 a.m. It occurred on I-85 northbound in Alabama.
Following a rear-end collision with a pickup truck, a Ford Fiesta, which had 4 individuals inside, swerved off of the roadway and struck a tree. Thaddeus Freddie Bowman, 27, the driver and Teraneka Shavon Harris, 25, the front seat passenger, were killed.
One of the back-seat passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was Piedmont Columbus Regional Medical Center for treatment and was released. A second backseat passenger, 17, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transferred to Atlanta Medical Center after it was determined that he had suffered from a cervical fracture.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 57-year-old Tallahassee man, was not injured.
Police believe that the accident may have been caused by fatigue.
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