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Weekend Lake Elsinore Crashed Caused by Sleeping Driver, Police Say

Photo shared by BLUESGUITAR777 on Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch.
Photo shared by BLUESGUITAR777 on Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch.

A motorist dozed off behind the wheel of a pickup truck, which crossed into opposing traffic and sideswiped two oncoming vehicles in Lake Elsinore, a sergeant said this weekend.

Dispatchers received a call at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and sent sheriff's deputies to the corner of Riverside Drive and Collier Avenue, who learned the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado truck fell asleep while traveling south on Riverside Drive.

"The driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossed over into oncoming traffic and sideswiped two vehicles, including a silver Infiniti G20 sedan and a black Ford F150 truck," sheriff's Sgt. Chad Loeffler said.

The drivers of both other vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment, Loeffler said.

The driver's name was not disclosed, and it was not disclosed if the sleepy driver was cited or arrested. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have played a role in the incident, Loeffler said.

Riverside Drive was shut off to traffic between Collier Avenue to Gunnerson Street for more than two hours.


– City News Service contributed to this report.


Eric June 02, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Thank you for the update, Renee.
Renee Schiavone June 02, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Thanks for sharing the photo. Here's hoping for a fast recovery for all involved.

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