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Man Falls Asleep Behind Wheel, Causes Accident in Boyle Heights

A man who claimed he fell asleep while driving struck a fire hydrant near his Boyle Heights home and set off a chain reaction that damaged a neighbor’s car and another neighbor’s house, a Los Angeles police traffic officer said Monday.

The first accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at State and 2nd streets, said Officer Greg McMillan of the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division.

The man fell asleep, said McMillan. “That’s what he told us. Then he hit his neighbor’s car, and his neighbor’s car deflected and hit another neighbor’s house where there’s stucco damage.”

There was some damage to the sleepy driver’s car and the neighbor’s car, McMillan said. The fire hydrant broke away and water shot into the air until the fire department shut it off.

The motorist got a citation for “sleepy driving,” he said. The neighbors whose car and house were damaged took it in stride.

“They all acted neighborly,” McMillan said.