Melanie King, 27, of Hazelwood Avenue was charged with failure to stop after an accident and failure to maintain assured clear distance after she drove into the back of another car on Interstate 680 early Sunday, causing an accident that caused serious damage to the other car but no obvious injuries.
A man was northbound at an undisclosed time around 6:30 a.m. when a car hit the back of his car near Shirley Road, sending his silver 2008 Honda Fit into a guardrail, then into the cement median. The driver of the other car continud on without stopping.
The Honda’s driver declined treatment.
Police found the imprint of a license plate and maroon paint on the rear bumper of the Honda, tracing the plate to King. Officers went to Hazelwood and found a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix with the engine compartment warm, slight damage to the front bumper and silver paint transferred onto the Grand Prix.
Nobody answered the door at the Hazelwood address, but when police started to tow the car, King came out and said another woman had been driving her car that morning. She later admitted it was her and that she must have fallen asleep on her way home from working a 12-hour shift, according to police.
She said she panicked and continued driving home.