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Passenger Tells Police Driver of Friday's One-Car Crash Fell Asleep Behind Wheel

Geneva police on Monday named the driver and passenger of Friday's one-vehicle crash that severely injured the two young women. The crash remains under investigation. The passenger, from Batavia, was listed in critical condition Monday night.

The passenger of the car that barreled through a stop sign and crashed into trees at Dodson and Bennett streets Friday told police that the 20-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The Chevrolet Cavalier that ran through the stop sign around 10:30 a.m. Friday was driven by Nicole Wiesner, 20, of Geneva, with Lindsey Vanderheyden, 22, of Batavia, as passenger. According to a witness, the Cavalier drove through the stop sign at the T-end of Dodson Street, ran headlong across Route 25—North Bennett Street in Geneva—"at a high rate of speed" and crashed into trees next to a driveway of a home across the street.

Vanderheyden was listed in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, according to a hospital spokesman on Monday night.

Police reports gathered Monday indicate the Cavalier hit the split-rail fence and trees around the driveway of the home at 224 N. Bennett St.

"Vanderheyden said the driver fell asleep just prior to the accident, and she was attempting to wake the driver prior to the accident," the police report said.

Wiesner said she does not remember the accident.

According to police reports, Wiesner was extricated and transported by ambulance to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. Vanderheyden was extricated and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital via a medical helicopter that landed on Geneva's State Street bridge and took off around 11:20 a.m.

Prior police reports indicate that Wiesner had been cited for at a home in the 800 block of Britta Lane and in an apartment parking lot in the 300 block of Brittany Court.

Police reports did not indicate whether alcohol was a factor in Friday's crash, but the accident remains under investigation.

The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation. Wiesner has a court date of June 19 for disobeying a stop sign.

Anna Adams May 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
So did the accident happen Friday night? And the victim was airlifted at 11:20 on Saturday morning? Did the victims spend the night in the wrecked car?
Kyle May 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Yes, the accident was at 10:30 am, not pm. And the prior arrest record seems irrelevant.
Connie Montana May 07, 2012 at 09:33 PM
It seems odd to me to fall asleep while driving on a side street at 10:30AM.
Kyle May 07, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Maybe the writer should've also investigated her medical history for narcolepsy
G.Ryan May 08, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Toxicology testing will be obtained which could be a contributory factor in this mystery.... It is a miracle noone was killed and no other vehicles were involved.....
Pam Jarke May 08, 2012 at 02:35 AM
yes...girls were very lucky...previous citations play no part...toxicology reports negative...this was an accident..anyone could fall asleep behind wheel...if u r not sure of facts be cautious of your words...do not be sooo quick to judge...someone who knows the facts.......nicoles mom
Dave May 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Hope both girls are doing okay, Pam. I also thought dragging out a past 'possession of alcohol' ticket in the article was really stupid and pointless. Rick is usually a more responsible journalist than that.
G.Ryan May 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
But this is not about judgement or cautioning words it is about safety. Toxicology testing results will come out as I did not see they were acknowledged yet as it is still under investigation. That is all that was mentioned here.
DEW May 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Toxicology results may have not been published yet however they were negative. I am a family member for one of the girls and drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this ACCIDENT. By posting her previous record is insinuating that that was the cause for this accident. I think this article is unfair and we should really be worried about the recovery of these two young women instead of making your article sounding like a gossip column
G.Ryan May 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
With all due respect, the girls are all in our thoughts and prayers as a community for a quick recovery. I lost a brother who was only 27 yrs old to an automobile accident so I do know and understand what you and others related to the girls are going through. May God's strength be your beacon in their recovery. Take care. I am sorry if you felt this was gossip but I certaintly did not intend it to be interpreted as such. Please forgive us and Mr. Nagel. Thank you.
Kelly May 08, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I think Mr. Nagel has to ask for his own forgiveness. Between this garbage and the hatred that his cohort spews on a daily basis - I'm done with Patch.
DEW May 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I wasn't directing that to you just feel the article was unfair and gives others a misconseption of what really happened. For people who just read this one article they are going to think " oh she must have been drinking and driving and thats what caused the accident" because that is what is being pushed in the article. Thank you for your prayers, these girls had many angels with them Friday morning!!!
Helen May 08, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Our thoughts & prayers are with these girls . I agree that throwing out the previous citation was not necessary, but that's what they do @ the patch. Then they let people post comments to drag others thru the mud while noone ever knows the full story except those present. I've read some of the commentary on other stories & it's insane. I'm done with the patch.
Laura May 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Glad the girls are ok. It is sad that previous citations were noted except it becomes public knowledge....even if the previous citations had no relevance....the real story and toxicology reports will become relevant. We should not be so quick to jump to conclusions...however it does seem odd to fall asleep behind the wheel at 10:30 am.....all I can think is perhaps sleep deprivation? Hope the girls recover quickly and all turns out ok :)
JAKE May 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
We hope for a full recovery for both girls. We are thankfull that no one else was hurt or killed as then it would be a moot point as to the cause, because it would be on Miss Weisner no matter what. And still is , as she was driving. Asleep or intoxicated. And "I know " neighbors, well, best wait for tox reports. Rick does a great job and for those leaving the Patch, you don't need to tell us to do it. Its all just good media coverage.
JAKE May 08, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Oh. And only about 200,000 Americans suffer from narcolepsy with only about 50,000 diagnosed. There would also normally be a family history for which she would have been tested. If she had it, she wouldnt probably be driving or have a license. And her family would know, and then the 'neighbor' would know. Ya know?
Francis Glass May 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I totally agree about the mention of the prior arrest record. What was the point in bringing that up? All that had to be said was that the crash was still under investigation and that toxicology tests would be done even though it didn't appear that alcohol was involved. And from what I've read further down in the comments, that is the case -- alcohol was not involved. Why bring up someone's past when it's not relevant to the story at hand?
Elaine Lane May 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Everybody's so touchy-touchy about the prior arrests. Those arrests are public record, people. Not like Rick is revealing a big secret or anything!
Amy May 09, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I am praying for the girls in the accident and hope they both have a full and speedy recovery. I was in the car behind the motorcylce on Friday and have not stopped thinking about the girls and how lucky the women in front of me as well as myself and my daughter are! The lady on the motorcylce was awesome at running to check on them and co.municate with people the situation.
Connie Montana May 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
My comment was just a comment. No judgement at all on anyone. Something went wrong and I hope they get to the bottom of it. It is human nature to want answers so that we can protect our loved ones. Prayers for the girls and their families.
Jennifer July 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Too bad toxicology reports show she is a drunk. What kind of irresponsible, disgusting person drives drunk past a grade school while it is in session

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