Driver falls asleep: Strikes utility pole; brick planter; tree and more

Driver was charged with careless driving

Photos by Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department

PARSIPPANY — Mr. Andrew Rodriguez, 24, Parsippany, was travelling north on Littleton Road when he fell asleep at the wheel.  The incident occurred on Sunday, November 8 at 9:31 a.m.

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The vehicle crossed the roadway, striking a mailbox of a Littleton Road resident, continued and striking a utility pole and then travelled across the lawn of a Rita Drive resident where the vehicle impacted a brick planter before re-entering the roadway. The vehicle then traveled across Rita Drive onto the lawn of another Littleton Road then impacting a tree and two brick light supports.

Mr. Rodriguez was charged with careless driving. Patrolman Joseph Churma investigated the accident.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla he was driving was towed from the scene by Eagle Towing.

Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery Unit, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and Parsippany Emergency Medical Services were at the scene.

All photos by Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire District 1.