Driver ‘fell asleep’ before crash that killed Greenon student

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Driver in crash that killed Greenon student says he 'fell asleep'

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The driver in the crash that killed a Greenon High School student Sunday can be heard saying he fell asleep on a 9-1-1 phone call placed moments after the accident.

However, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Dixon said there's no evidence to support that claim.

“That’s the first time I have heard that,” Dixon told the Springfield News-Sun when asked whether troopers are investigating the possibility.

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In the phone call, the driver, Andrew Scott, 16, can be heard telling a passerby who stopped to help and called 9-1-1 that he was in pain and confused, according to a recording of the call obtained by the News-Sun.

“I don’t know what happened,” Scott said. “I fell asleep.”

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Kendall “Kenny” DePhillip, a 16-year-old junior at Greenon, died after the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina went off the right side of the road, clipped a telephone pole and then hit another pole shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, troopers said.

Scott suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

The 9-1-1 caller can be heard telling Scott that he needed to sit down and described the teen to the police dispatcher as “in shock.”

For the full story, go to SpringfieldNewsSun.com.

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