A 17 year old girl in a brand new 2013 VW Jetta fell asleep at the wheel last Saturday night and struck four or five vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. Her name has not been released as she is a minor.
51-year-old Qasim S. Alaway, of Fredericksburg, VA was taken to a hospital and died the next morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Alaway family, another victim of carelessness on the roadway.
Studies on this subject have found that drivers younger than 30 accounted for almost two-thirds of drowsy-driving crashes, despite representing only about one-fourth of licensed drivers. These drivers were four times more likely to have such a crash than were drivers ages 30 years or older. See http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/drowsy_driving1/drowsy.html for more information.