Two vehicle crashes in Whitefish Bay last week were caused by sleepy drivers.
A Milwaukee County transit bus headed westbound on Silver Spring Drive struck a street lamp and a garbage can Sunday morning. The driver, a 53-year-old Milwaukee man, said he felt ill and may have fallen asleep.
According to the police report, the bus jumped over the curb at Lydell Avenue and struck a combined street lamp/traffic signal and a garbage can on the north side of the road at 7:25 a.m. Sunday. The driver was cited for inattentive driving.
Earlier that morning – just after midnight – an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman also fell asleep behind the wheel, causing her to hit a tree and a light pole and roll her four-door Suzuki hatchback.
The accident at 12:38 a.m. Sunday snapped an eight-inch maple tree. The light pole crown broke off, and the pole remained standing but leaning. The woman declined treatment from NSFD paramedics and was cited for inattentive driving.