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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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A four-year old girl died while two others were injured after a man fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the victims in Paranaque City on Tuesday evening.
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.
FORMER Newcastle United footballer Scott Sellars has been spared jail after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car.
FORMER Newcastle United star Scott Sellars walked free after killing a motorcyclist when he fell asleep at the wheel.
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.
JORDAN FINDLAY secured a second-round place at the Amateur Championship - and revealed how he fell asleep at the wheel chasing his golfing dream.
WALTERVILLE Two Springfield residents were injured Monday afternoon when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and collided with a 2007 Peterbilt truck pulling two trailers on Highway 126 near Walterville.
ROAD DEATH Haydn Bailey's bread delivery lorry at the scene of the crash on Eastern Avenue after he fell asleep at the wheel.
A bulgarian trucker who fell asleep at the wheel causing an oncoming van driver to crash into a wall appeared in court yesterday.
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide investigators said Monday that Heredia died after he fell asleep at the wheel, and then his car got stuck in the sand and caught fire.
A BOAT carrying seven tons of diesel ran aground yesterday after its dozy skipper fell asleep at the wheel.