70,000 auto accident injuries attributed to sleepy drivers annually.
Ken Gonyea had been an accident investigations detective for the Long Beach Police Department for over ten years, but even that couldn’t prepare him for the accident that took the lives of his father, stepmother and sister-in-law several years ago in Riverside County . Gonyea was devastated, “My parents were just driving down the road. They weren’t doing anything wrong. They were obeying the speed limit, and even wearing their safety belts.” The young man who hit Gonyea’s family fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center divider-hitting Gonyea’s family head on.
In another deadly auto accident this week in Santa Ana, 30 year-old Bertha Lopez might have fallen asleep according to her soon-to be sister-in law, Stacy Abraham, when she swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a tow truck. Stacy said, “She worked two jobs in Santa Ana and she was probably falling asleep.” Bertha Lopez died leaving behind three children . She would have celebrated her 31st birthday on March 17th.
Drowsiness or fatigue can be cited as a major factor in the deaths of at least 1,500 people and the injuring of over 70,000 people in auto accidents annually. Please, for your sake and the sake of the entire motoring public, don’t drive when tired or fatigued. The life you save, may very well be your own.