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Woman Asleep At Wheel Causes Two-Car Crash In Leelanau

By Beth Milligan | Oct. 6, 2017

A motorist who said she momentarily fell asleep at the wheel caused a two-car accident that impacted a Lake Leelanau grocery store Wednesday.

The 64-year-old Hawaiian woman was driving west on West Philip Street at 5:20pm when she says she drowsed off, according to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office. The woman crossed the center line of the road in her 2004 GMC. A 61-year-old Lake Leelanau woman was approaching from the east in a 2016 Chevrolet and - seeing the GMC cross the center line - stopped in the roadway in an attempt to avoid a collision. The GMC continued on in the eastbound lane, striking the Chevrolet head-on. The impact of the crash pushed the Chevrolet backwards into NJ's Grocery Store (pictured).

 

The Chevrolet driver received minor injuries in the collision and was treated at the scene by Leland Fire personnel. The GMC driver was uninjured in the crash, but was cited for careless driving.

Photo credit: Leelanau County Sheriff's Office

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