Father claims to have fallen asleep at the wheel allegedly causes crash


by Velma Scaife, 13News


Posted on February 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 3:08 AM

NEWPORT NEWS-- A father who claims to have fallen asleep at the wheel is accused of causing a serious car crash involving his child Tuesday morning.

Police have charged 25-year-old Collins Striggles of Newport News with reckless driving after he allegedly caused a head-on collision on Warwick Boulevard near Lee Hall.

Police say Striggles, who was driving a Chevy Sedan,  sideswiped a van and then crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck an oncoming BMW head on.

Striggles had a four-year-old child properly secured in the car.  Both were taken to the hospital, along with the driver of the BMW.

Police say the boy remains in the hospital but his car seat may have saved his life.

Mary Foster has seen what can happen when kids aren't properly secured. "It's just heartbreaking especially when it can be prevented."

According to Safe Kids USA, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old.

Shelly Rickard has three little ones, which is a lot of car seats, but she says that's okay.

"Anything can happen.  Kids can fly through the windshield and anything.  I don't believe in saying okay its fine you can just sit there," said Rickard.