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Warrant: Driver fell asleep before hitting DOT workers on I-440

Posted June 1

Angela Renee Roland appears in court on April 20, 2016, to face charges in an Interstate 440 crash in Raleigh that injured two state Department of Transportation workers.
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— A woman charged with hitting and injuring two state highway workers on Interstate 440 in Raleigh in April told police she fell asleep before the collision, according to a search warrant released Wednesday.

Angela Renee Roland, 44, has been charged with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired and violations of the state's "move over" law in the April 19 crash.

State Department of Transportation workers Darrick Bridges, 44, and Kelly Lewis, 44, were on the shoulder of I-440 at the Capital Boulevard exit when Roland's car slammed into the back of their truck, which had its yellow lights flashing, authorities said.

Bridges was pinned between the two vehicles and had to have both legs amputated, authorities said, while Lewis was thrown over a guardrail.

In applying for a warrant to search Roland's phone to determine if she was texting while driving, an investigator with the Raleigh Police Department wrote that evidence at the scene "suggests that Ms. Roland never applied to the brakes or performed any maneuver in an attempt to stop or avoid the collision."

Roland told police that she fell asleep at the wheel before the crash, according to the warrant application, and a previous search of her car's on-board computer showed no deceleration in the five seconds before the crash.

Police also noted in the application that Roland told them she had drunk four or five beers earlier that day, with the last one less than eight hours before the crash, and that she had taken anti-depressant and anti-tremor medications less than 12 hours before the crash.


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  • Catherine Edwards Jun 1, 4:30 p.m.
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    I'm wondering about the timing in the stories. The crash was at 1:25pm. She took meds < 12 hours before, so that would be around 2am. She drunk 4-5 beers earlier with last one < 8 hours which makes it about 6am.

    If what I deduce is right sounds to me she was up all night and into the morning drinking. No wonder she fell asleep at the wheel in the middle of the day.

  • Mary Meadows Jun 1, 4:22 p.m.
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    Wow- he suffered devastating injuries. I hope he doesn't let this ruin the rest of his life and is able to overcome this traumatic event/injury. As for her - to early to judge - but it does not look good based on the evidence presented so far. I do think that people found guilty of causing death/grievous bodily harm while under the influence should NEVER be given the privilege to drive again - and it doesn't matter to me if its the first offense or not.

  • Nick Ditcheos Jun 1, 4:15 p.m.
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    Sad, full of excuses for bad behavior. Make here push the guy around who lost his legs for the rest of her life.

  • Perry Masonjar Jun 1, 3:12 p.m.
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    Sleepy and tired driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.