Authorities now believe that the man responsible for a head-on collision in East County recently had fallen asleep causing him to drive his northbound vehicle along the southbound lanes of State Route 67 for some quarter of a mile.
John Hallaway drove his Oldsmobile 98 onto the southbound lanes as other drivers dodge the danger of colliding with it. However, Hallaway’s luck ran short when the driver of a southbound Chevrolet Astro van wasn’t able to swerve out of the way in time.
The driver, 36-year-old Bridgette T. Hale, died at the scene from various injuries she sustained in the crash. She was living with her boyfriend and an infant son in Ramona at the time of the accident.
Rescuers said that Hallaway claimed he had no recollection of the accident and he suspects that he may have fallen asleep causing him to drive on the wrong lane. Hallaway sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a hospital.
Authorities saw no indication of intoxication or high speed that may have caused the accident and that both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Fatigue and sleepiness plays an important role in being alert while driving. Motorists should keep in mind that they need to be alert and have adequate sleep before going on long drives so that they would not be a threat to other motorists.