Camden County Georgia Crash Leads to Death and Serious Personal Injuries – Georgia State Patrol Reports that Driver Fell Asleep

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Apparently Benancia Velasquez, 33, fell asleep at the wheel of his van when he rammed into the back of a parked tractor-trailer rig. The crash killed the driver, Velasquez, and sent the van’s passenger, whose identity has not been confirmed, to Shands Jacksonville Hospital in serious condition.
The semi tractor-trailer rig was parked in the emergency lane of of Interstate 95 in South Georgia. The scene surrounding the trucking accident was marked off by emergency flares and reflective markers to warn drivers that the rig was disabled. The van was carrying nine passengers from South Florida at the time of the crash, including 3 children – ages 1, 2, and 4 – and their parents. If you would like to read more on this story see Man may have fallen asleep at wheel, kills driver and critically injures others.
This death is a tragedy for his family and the community. Drivers need to be alert before attempting to get behind a wheel. There are many dangers present on the road such as distracted, intoxicated and fatigued drivers. Therefore, if you are alert while driving you can reduce the risk other drivers present. This is even more true if you are transporting children. Adults need to appreciate the responsibility they assume while transporting children. Drivers should always be attentive, wear their seat belts, instruct their passengers to wear their seat belts or, if a child, to sit in the approved booster or car seat.

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