California man falls asleep at the wheel, collides with oncoming car

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 17, 2014
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Northport — A California man has been charged with failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and struck on oncoming vehicle Monday morning, June 9.

John D. Bill, 71, of Santa Monica Calif., incurred the charge following the crash, which police say occurred just after 9 a.m. on Route 1 in Northport.

According to the crash report at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, Bill was headed south in a 2013 Volkswagen when he fell asleep. The vehicle crossed the center of the road and nearly struck two oncoming vehicle head-on, but the drivers were able to avoid a collision.

Bill's vehicle collided with a third car, a 2008 Ford that was operated by 51-year-old Paula Dyer of Lincolnville. According to the report, Dyer swerved onto the shoulder of the road in an attempt to avoid the crash, but Bill's vehicle struck the rear drivers side of Dyer's car, causing the Ford to spin 90 degrees before coming to rest.

Bill and Dyer each suffered injuries in the crash. Bill had abrasions and bruising on his legs as a result of the collision, while Dyer had abrasions and bruises on her arms. Neither of the drivers was transported to a hospital, according to the report.

Bill's vehicle was towed from the scene due to front end damage.

After the crash, police issued Bill a summons for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

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