Saturn hit twice in drowsy-driving wreck, woman killed


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:24 AM

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MESA, Ariz. – One person was killed in a late night wreck in the westbound lanes of US 60 near Dobson Road just west of Loop 101 in Mesa. A Saturn was hit not once, but twice, and investigators say drowsy driving is likely to blame.

It happened at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the driver of a Ford truck dozed off at the wheel and clipped a Saturn. That Saturn rolled on to its side and landed in the HOV lane, where another vehicle slammed into it.

The woman in her 40s who was driving the Saturn was killed on impact. No other information about the victim was immediately available.

Investigators are calling this a tragic accident, saying they do not think impairment by drugs or alcohol was a factor.

There's no word on if anyone in either of the other vehicles was injured.

It’s not clear if the driver of the Ford that clipped the Saturn will face charges in connection with falling asleep at the wheel.

“Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. “Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing.”

The investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing.

Westbound US 60 was closed in the area all night, opening in time for the morning rush hour.