Sleeping driver causes crash


HARRISON TWP. — A West Manchester man was transported for injuries sustained when another driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and rearended his vehicle Monday morning.

According to the crash report prepared by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Tommy Franklin Lawson, 71, of West Manchester, was westbound on State Route 722 stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with State Route 121. His vehicle was struck from behind and pushed through the intersection.

Derek Lee Mayberry, 20, of Lewisburg, stated to deputies on the scene that he was on his way home from working the night shift at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton when he fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended Lawson’s vehicle.

Lawson was transported by Tri-Village Rescue to Wayne HealthCare for possible injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and the airbag in Mayberry’s vehicle deployed.

Mayberry was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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