Youth fall asleep while driving
State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said a 15-year-old boy from Battle Creek, Mich., was driving a vehicle on Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township when he fell asleep at 2:59 a.m. Dec. 28.
Police said the accident resulted in injury to Narinder Singh Munder, 55, also of Battle Creek, who was one of two passengers in the vehicle. The other one was not hurt, nor was the teen.
Police said he was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry eastbound when he fell asleep and the vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway, striking a ditch in the median. Police said the car was disabled and towed from the scene and the left eastbound lane was closed for about an hour because of the crash.
The injured passenger was flown by medical helicopter to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. Police said he sustained moderate injuries.
Police said the driver will be cited for careless driving. The police report did not indicate whether or not the underage driver will be charges for driving without a license.
Police were assisted at the scene by volunteers from the Pocono Regional Ambulance and the Tobyhanna Township Fire Department.