CHP: Sleeping Marine Caused Fatal Humvee Crash

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) - California Highway Patrol authorities say a crash that killed a 26-year-old woman last month was caused by a Marine falling asleep at the wheel of a Humvee and drifting into oncoming traffic in Joshua Tree.

KCDZ-FM reported ( ) that the CHP on Wednesday released the results of its investigation of the April 19 crash that killed 26-year-old Kristen Thrawl.

The CHP says 19-year-old Juan Lira, an active-duty Marine driving the Humvee in a military convoy, fell asleep, crossed over into westbound traffic on State Route 62 and ran into the Ford driven by Thrawl.

Thrawl's vehicle flipped over. She had major head injuries pronounced dead at the scene.

Lira was not hurt.

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