Job Safety

January 29, 2007

The Drive Home (2)

The drive home is often the most dangerous part of work.

This article reminds us of how serious this problam is:

A Dakota County grand jury returned an indictment charging a Farmington woman with misdemeanor careless driving that resulted in the death of teenager Jacquelynn Devney on July 27, 2006.

The jury heard the case on Jan. 18 that involved the defendant Laura Ann Brockhaus, 40, of Farmington, who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel when her car jumped a curb off Pilot Knob Road and hit Devney who was working a summer job weeding the roadside area. The coroner determined that Devney, 18, died instantly after being hit.

The jury declined to indict Brockhaus on a more serious charge of felony criminal vehicular homicide that is punishable up to 10 years in prison and charged her with the careless driving misdemeanor that is punishable with up to 90 days in jail.

Investigations found that Brockhaus worked as a registered nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. In the three days prior to the car accident she had worked overnight shifts from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. and Brockhaus told police she had only slept three to three and a half hours during the morning of July 26, and about five to six hours during the morning and early afternoon on July 25.