Sacramento Physician Falls Asleep While Driving, Then Strikes Pedestrian, Part 3 of 11

(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury case and its proceedings.)

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this automobile accident case could just as easily involve any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, U.C. Davis Medical Center, Mercy, or Sutter.


On June 16, 2007, shortly before 1:00 p.m., plaintiff, a pedestrian, was safely jogging on the eastern sidewalk of Oak Street, near the intersection of Main Street, in Sacramento. Dr. Black was driving east on Oak Street. Knowingly and intentionally driving in a fatigued and sleepy condition, Dr. Black fell asleep while driving and drove up and onto the raised sidewalk and struck plaintiff from behind. Plaintiff flew violently onto the hood and smashed into the windshield, then onto the roof. (Id.) Plaintiff was carried approximately 59 feet east before being thrown off the top of the vehicle. (Id.) Dr. Black, while still asleep, then dragged plaintiff approximately 38 feet where she ultimately ran over him. For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Over the night of June 15-16, Dr. Black was working as a medical resident at Central Hospital in Sacramento, California, which is owned and operated by defendant Sacramento County Medical Center (“SCMC”). Plaintiff alleged that immediately prior to the incident, Dr. Black worked excessive hours, including, but not limited to, an overnight shift after inadequate sleep and without any rest. (Id. 15.)

Plaintiff also alleged that Dr. Black willfully acted wantonly and recklessly with malice and oppression by driving home in a fatigued and incapacitated state, in spite of residency training that she received at Central Hospital that warned of the probable dangerous consequences of driving under those conditions. (Id. at 32.) (See Part 4 of 11.)

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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