Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
MT. PLEASANT — Just before noon, Oct. 2, Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover near Mile Marker 45 on U.S. Highway 218 near Mt. Pleasant.
According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Kathy Hensley-Birky, 60, of Cedar Rapids fell asleep while driving northbound on 218.
Her 2014 Chevrolet Equinox was deemed a total loss after striking a cable barrier and then rolling several times
Henry County Paramedics transported Hensley-Birky to Henry County Health Center for possible serious injuries.
She received a citation for failing to main control of a motor vehicle as a result of this incident.
According to the National Safety Council, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every year about 100,000 police-reported, drowsy-driving crashes result in nearly 800 fatalities and about 50,000 injuries. The real number may be much higher, however, as it is difficult to determine whether a driver was drowsy at the time of a crash.”