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Driver Cited After Falling Asleep Causing Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 205 in Clackamas
April 24, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A West Linn-area man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an investigation into Wednesday morning's serious injury traffic crash after he lost control of his vehicle when he reportedly fell asleep and collided with a motorcycle on Interstate 205 in the Clackamas area.
 
According to Trooper Scott Kinch, on April 24, 2013 at approximately 5:15 a.m., a 1995 Jeep sport utility vehicle driven by CHRISTOPHER PEARSON, age 49, from West Linn, was northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 12 in the center lane when PEARSON fell asleep and the Jeep drifted to the right where it collided into a guardrail. Upon awakening, PEARSON lost control as the Jeep traveled to the left and collided into a 2004 Honda motorcycle in the center lane.
 
The motorcycle came to rest in the left northbound lane and its operator, BRUCE M. BECKER, age 63, from Vancouver, Washington, was seriously injured. BECKER was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University. He was wearing a protective helmet.
 
PEARSON was not injured. He was cited for Careless Driving.
 
The northbound lanes were partially blocked for over an hour. OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, and ODOT.
 
OSP reminds drivers to watch for signs of drowsiness, including:
 
* Having problems focusing, blink frequently and/or have heavy eyelids.
* Drifting from you lane, swerve, tailgate and/or hit rumble strips.
* Having trouble remembering the last few miles driven.
* Missing exits or traffic signs.
* Having trouble keeping your head up.
* Yawing repeatedly.
* Rolling down the windows or turning up the radio to try to stay alert.
 
Get a good night's rest before you hit the road. But, if you find yourself getting sleepy while driving:
 
* Find a safe place to pull over, such as a rest area or parking lot, and take a break and/or get some rest.
* Have a licensed, sober, alert passenger take a turn driving.
 
For more tips on how to "drive alert, drive alive", visit www.drowsydriving.org.