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Officials Report Driver Fell Asleep at Wheel in Fatal Accident in Williamston Township

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Williamston Township, MI—a driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on Thursday, March 11 apparently fell asleep at the wheel, authorities recently said. The bicyclist was 23-year-old Eliyah Coats, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

Authorities reported that Coats was riding west on Grand River Avenue near Meridian Road when the crash occurred at about 6:20 a.m. Shawn Reeves, a 39-year-old Williamston man, drove the pickup that struck Coats. Reeves, who was also heading west, fell asleep at the wheel, swerved and then drifted onto the shoulder where Coats was riding his bicycle.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.

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  1. Mike Bryant says:
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    Being tired is just another way to be doing something else when you should be driving. Sad that it had such a tragic result. Hopefully, people learn from it.