Man dies in one-car accident

An 80-year-old WIlliamstown, Mass., man died in a one-car accident at about 9:23 p.m. Tuesday on Route 7 in Pownal, Vermont State Police said. Full Story
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#1 Mar 11, 2009
I wonder how they learned that he had a history of falling asleep while driving? It's sad to think that this poor fellow fell victim to his own deadly ignorance about safe strategies to stay alert!

Here is the problem!

2.3million motorists - 7 per cent of the country's drivers - admit they fell asleep while driving in the last 12 months.
133,000 say it happened ten times or more.
A fifth of motorway crashes, which most commonly happen between midnight and 6am or 2pm and 4pm, are because of fatigue.
Tiredness is estimated to be responsible for more than 300 deaths on the roads a year.
The survey of 1,000 drivers found that 78 per cent try futile methods to combat the problem rather than stop for a nap.
Just 21 per cent said they would stop for a snooze but 68 per cent would open a window and 50 per cent listen to the radio, CD or tape.
More than two thirds - 71 per cent - claim to have a good night's sleep before a long journey and to take regular breaks.
Four out of 10 have a drink containing caffeine to give them a boost.
More than four out of ten of tired drivers say they would stop earlier if possible.
avictim

United States

#2 Mar 12, 2009
"history of falling asleep while driving" "just leaving lions club" No drinking""?? and 80 years old.. Thankfully he only killed himself and not a family of 5......... Sounds very irresponsible to me. I from first hand experience know how hard it is to take driving away from an elderly parent. but after reading this ,, i'm sure glad I did.
OH PLEASE---

Springfield, MA

#3 Mar 12, 2009
Real Vermonter wrote:
I wonder how they learned that he had a history of falling asleep while driving?
On Wednesday morning, http://www.cbs6albany.com/ reported that "family members" said that he had a history of falling asleep while driving. And he still drove??? Good thing he did not kill anyone else along with himself.
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#4 Mar 12, 2009
I hope for their own sake everyone learns from this!
respect

Boston, MA

#5 Mar 12, 2009
While I understand your concerns, please have some respect for the greiving family and keep harsh comments to yourselves.
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#6 Mar 12, 2009
Tiredness is estimated to be responsible for more than 300 deaths on the roads a year!

respect vs DEATH! Who is the real winner?
respect

Boston, MA

#7 Mar 12, 2009
Like I said I UNDERSTAND. He lost....AGREED. All I'm saying is that his family should have some respect.
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#8 Mar 12, 2009
When is a good time for this education then? I doubt the family are reading this right about now!
OH PLEASE---

Springfield, MA

#9 Mar 12, 2009
respect wrote:
While I understand your concerns, please have some respect for the greiving family and keep harsh comments to yourselves.
What is so harsh? People are saying that we should all learn from this and that it is very fortunate that no one else was injured.
OH PLEASE---

Springfield, MA

#10 Mar 12, 2009
respect wrote:
Like I said I UNDERSTAND. He lost....AGREED. All I'm saying is that his family should have some respect.
Did you mean to say that his family SHOULD HAVE HAD some respect?(for others that could have been injured)
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#11 Mar 12, 2009
OH PLEASE--- you just don't get it do you? Tough love would have saved this man from his early demise! Someone could have driven him to that meeting couldn't they?
avictim

United States

#12 Mar 13, 2009
It is hard to have respect for anyone's family deceased or not who just couldn't see to it that their loved one was unable to drive safely to save the lives of millions if he were on the road very often.... this is coming from someone who lost 4 family members from an 83 year old sleepy, driver.. it is my right to be harsh. btw,, his family just couldn't bring themselves to take his license either..
OH PLEASE---

Chicopee, MA

#13 Mar 13, 2009
Real Vermonter wrote:
OH PLEASE--- you just don't get it do you? Tough love would have saved this man from his early demise! Someone could have driven him to that meeting couldn't they?
I am agreeing with you. His family should have had respect for others and taken this man's license away. But we still don't know what happened. This man could have had a heart attack.
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#14 Mar 13, 2009
Yep you're right but I was commenting to the info the police were given!
lesson

Dover, DE

#15 Aug 8, 2012
There are all age people that fall asleep at the wheel it just is this time it was an elderly man tom could be a young man or woman your daughter or son so would you be so harsh if this was a young person!!!!!! I don't think so!!!!! we can get a point across without being judge jury to people after all that's gods job ask your self what would you say if this was a young person

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