Woman escapes injury in rollover accident

Cary Ashby • Mar 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A New Haven woman who fell asleep while driving was charged with failure to control in connection with a two-vehicle, rollover accident Monday.

Krista L. Wallace, 34, of 266 North St., was northbound on Norwood Avenue at 7:50 a.m. According to the Norwalk Police Department, she hit a parked vehicle near Gaymont Nursing Center and after the collision, her vehicle overturned and stopped in the southbound lane.

"She claims she fell asleep. That seems plausible," said Capt. Mike Conney, who was one of the officers at the scene.

Conney said the right front of the Ford Focus driven by Wallace hit the back left of the unoccupied, parked Ford F-250 pickup truck at "just the right angle to flip the vehicle."

"Both vehicles were disabled. We had to have a flatbed for each one of them," he said.

Conney, when asked if Wallace was injured, said: "No -- shockingly."

"She would have been hurt pretty bad if she weren't wearing (her seatbelt)," said Conney, who added that drugs and alcohol aren't factors in the crash.

Norwalk firefighters and North Central EMS also responded to the crash site. According to a firefighter's report, Wallace reported she fell asleep before hitting the parked truck and her car overturned.

First responders were on the scene slightly more than an hour.

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