Sleeping driver's crash leads to three-car collision on Hwy 98

Photo: Drowsy Driver Source: NHTSA via MGN Online

A teenaged driver suffered serious injuries after falling asleep behind the wheel and overturning her car into a ditch.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release, Mackenzie Rados, 19, of Mary Esther, was traveling west on US-98 near Casa Marina St. on Monday, Nov. 20th.

FHP reports that at 7:46 p.m. Rados fell asleep and veered off the roadway, overturning her vehicle before it came to a final rest in a ditch.

George Griffin, 43, also of Mary Esther, saw Rados's vehicle and pulled his car over to help, but parked partially in the roadway in the outside lane of the highway.

Around the same time that evening, 20-year-old Keshaun Bunkley, of Hurlburt Field was traveling east on US-98 behind a vehicle driven by Richard Brooks, 19, of Cantonment.

Brooks stopped his car in the roadway to avoid a collision with Griffin's parked car. However, Bunkley's vehicle failed to stop in time behind Brooks' car.

As a result, the front end of Bunkley's car collided with the rear end of Brooks' car.

The force of the impact then pushed Brooks' vehicle forward and caused it to collide with Griffin's car.

Rados suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Bunkley and Brooks both suffered minor injuries and were also transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Griffin was uninjured in the incident.

FHP has charged Rados and Bunkley with careless driving and Griffin with improper parking.

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