The crash, which occurred near Mill Valley early Saturday morning, involved only one car, which drifted off the roadway, crashing into a tree and bursting into flames, according to Patrick Roth, spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol.
The driver, behind the wheel of a blue 2014 Subaru WRX STI, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, a 30 year old man also from San Francisco, was able to exit the car, and suffered only a broken arm, and lacerations to his head and face.
Although the CHP has not yet determined whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in a crash, the fact that the driver fell asleep brings up an important point about driving while tired. Tired driving can be just as, if not more, dangerous than drunk driving. Tired drivers can have slower reaction times, lack attention to the road, and in some cases even fall asleep while driving. If you are too tired to drive, pull over and rest, stay at a friend’s house, buy a hotel room, take a cab, do anything you can other than get behind the wheel. Let this be a lesson to all of us, driving tired can truly be a fatal decision.