The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that Charles Tankersley was recently killed in a Rolla area car accident.
The crash occurred on Saturday morning shortly before 10 a.m. when 69-year-old Tankersley reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel.
Authorities report that Tankersley's 2013 Chevy Equinox left Route O, hitting a mailbox and a tree before coming to reset.
An emergency crew from Phelps County Ambulance took Tankersley to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. He was later transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Clark Smith shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The accident happened about six miles south of Rolla, which is a town of about 20,000 midway between St. Louis and Springfield on Interstate 44.
Drowsy driving is a common cause of Missouri car accidents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, drivers should stop and rest if they experience difficulty focusing, excessive yawning, or catch themselves drifting in their lanes. Over a third of Americans have admitted to falling asleep while driving.
The Kansas City law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., handles traffic accident cases throughout Missouri. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, contact us online or call us at 888-353-0491.