Woman Falls Asleep at Wheel, Causes Upper Pittsgrove Twp Power Outages

On Tuesday January 11, 2011 a Bridgeton woman fell asleep behind the wheel of her vehicle, causing a Pennsylvania car crash which left many without power.

At approximately 6:21 a.m., Araseli Velasquez, 22, was traveling northbound on Route 77 when she fell asleep behind the wheel of her vehicle and drifted into the southbound lane of the road.

Her car went off of the road and into an embankment where it struck a support beam utility pole, which was connected to another pole in the northbound lane.

The impact of the Upper Pittsgrove auto accident caused both poles to fall and roughly 290 families throughout the township to experience immediate power outages.

Power was restored to the households by 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Velasquez complained of knee pain but refused medical treatment at the scene. She was charged with careless driving, failure to maintain a lane, driving without a license, and driving without insurance.

There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a New Jersey or Pennsylvania auto accident due to the carelessness of another driver, you need to speak with an attorney. Contact a Bucks County injury lawyer at Cordisco & Saile to schedule a free consultation about your injury case.