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fall asleep at the wheel

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he fell asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
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'The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the car to veer onto the road shoulder before plunging into the ravine.
Three persons were killed while nine others were hurt in a three-vehicle smash-up when one of the drivers fell asleep at the wheel along the national highway here Monday afternoon.
POLICE have released this picture of a car reduced to a crumpled mess after the driver fell asleep at the wheel before careering into a tanker.
A PENSIONER who fell asleep at the wheel of his car, causing a horror crash that killed an elderly woman and seriously hurt her husband, has been spared jail.
A TRUCKER who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a pensioner in a crash has been jailed for 32 months.
THE orphaned daughter of former Ospreys and All Blacks rugby player Jerry Collins is thriving at her new home in Canada as crash investigators reveal they believe her mother fell asleep at the wheel in the moments before the tragic accident.
FORMER Newcastle United star Scott Sellars walked free after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel.
FORMER Newcastle United footballer Scott Sellars has been spared jail after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car.
Tim Brook believed he fell asleep at the wheel when he smashed into a parked car.
It quoted Khaled Al-Juhani, spokesman of Madinah Civil Defence, as saying that preliminary investigations suggest the driver of the bus fell asleep at the wheel.
THE family of a Birmingham dad killed when an illegal immigrant fell asleep at the wheel have been told his sentence will not be increased.
A FARMER'S son fell asleep at the wheel of a Land Rover, hit an oncoming lorry and ended up coming off the A470.
WALTERVILLE - A Springfield woman fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree early Monday morning on Highway 126 near Walterville, causing injuries to her and her two passengers, state police said.
JORDAN FINDLAY secured a second-round place at the Amateur Championship - and revealed how he fell asleep at the wheel chasing his golfing dream.
A speeding motorist who fell asleep at the wheel and killed two pedestrians has been sentenced to four months in prison.The Asian driver was also ordered to pay dhs200,000 in blood money to each of the deceased's families.The man's driving licence was also suspended for one year by judges following the trial at Dubai Traffic Court.The 43-year-old was convicted of reckless driving and killing the two pedestrians in March of this year in the Al-Awir district of Dubai.A police officer said in records read to the court: "He was driving at high speeds and then fell asleep as he was tired.