The car fell off a nine-meter cliff and landed in a river after the driver, a 17-year-old from the US state of Washington, fell asleep from exhaustion, according to local authorities. The teenager, her father and younger siblings did not survive the accident. Authorities are urging people not to get behind the wheel when they are tired. “Fatigue behind the wheel kills” – they emphasize.
Authorities on Saturday morning were notified of a family traveling from Spokane, Washington, who had missed their destination. On the same day, an unidentified angler spotted a car upside down in the Salmon River north of the town of Riggins. Idaho State Police and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, an ambulance and a diving team arrived at the scene. In the wreckage they found the bodies of the missing: 36-year-old Calvin Miller and his children: 17-year-old Dakota Miller, 10-year-old Jack Miller and eight-year-old Delihia Miller, the Idaho County coroner said in a statement on Monday.
According to authorities, the vehicle was driven by 17-year-old Dakota, who “fallen asleep from exhaustion” on the winding road. The car then fell off a nine-meter cliff into the river, NBC News reported on Friday. One friend of the former partner of Miller, 36, and mother of two youngest children who did not survive the accident, organized a fundraiser on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, writing: “My dear friend does not have much support during this difficult time.” The woman raised over $11,500 in five days.
Road safety – how to avoid fatigue
“Fatigue behind the wheel kills,” warns the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) on its website. In 2021 alone, 684 drivers died in car accidents after falling asleep at the wheel. To avoid fatigue behind the wheel, NHTSA advises “get a good night’s sleep” before heading out and avoid traveling between midnight and 6am. It also reminds you that simply drinking coffee or energy drinks is not enough to overcome drowsiness, as they only work for a short time.
Idaho County Coroner, NBC News, GoFundMe, nhtsa.gov
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