Police confirm driver fell asleep in Main Street crash

By Stephen Betts | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — The driver of a landscaping truck that careened into a car and a Main Street storefront last week simply fell asleep, according to Rockland police.

Christopher Heald, 28, had been working long hours and fell asleep while driving a truck on Main Street April 14.

No one was injured. Pedestrians had been on the sidewalk moments earlier, when the truck struck a sports utility vehicle owned by Janna Eggen and then ran into the exterior of the building where restaurant In Good Compay is located.

Rockland Police Sgt. Don Finnegan said that he examined Heald at the scene and there was no issue of anything other than falling asleep.

The truck had damage to its brakes. The SUV was likely destroyed, he said. There was no structural damage to the building.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Apr 21, 2017 17:37

I'm going to guess that I am not the only reader who wonders if there was even a warning given.  How many people work long shifts, are flat-out tired, but know to pull over to rest until it is safe to drive again.  This accident didn't occur on vacant country roads, either.  This happened on Main Street.  How does falling asleep at the wheel differ from driving while impaired.  There was property damage as well.  What does "the truck had damage to its brakes," mean?  The driver attempted to apply the brakes and they failed?  When did the driver wake up.  The driver could have pulled down to the harbor park area to sleep for a half hour.  I just wonder what gets enforced and what doesn't and why.  If other readers don't need to know what the accepted standards of living in civilization are, I do, and, I must be wrong in thinking there is personal responsibility and that law enforcement should support that. I just want to know.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Apr 21, 2017 13:44

That attitude could cost someone his or her life or cause them injury.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 21, 2017 12:55

Accident; pure and simple. Glad to see no one was hurt and the driver was not ticketed. Good judgement call RPD.

Posted by: ryan jones | Apr 21, 2017 11:28

looks like the DOT should look into this. there are DOT laws for this.


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