Replace: Driver fell asleep on the wheel, crashed into utility pole close to North Syracuse –

Clay, N.Y. — An SUV rolled over and sheared a utility pole in half near the driver fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed near North Syracuse Sunday afternoon.

The driver of the silver Honda CRV was heading west on West Taft Road around 1:55 p.m. when they fell asleep, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Seeber said. The driver then crossed into the eastbound lanes and went off the road, striking a utility pole near the intersection of Fay Park Drive.

The driver, 40-year-old Joseph Raiti, of Syracuse, was not injured. Raiti was ticketed for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to keep right.

The SUV can be seen rolled over with its driver’s side resting against the ground. Broken glass and other debris surround the vehicle.

The top half of the sheared-off pole is still standing, supported by the utility lines. The bottom half of the pole is broken off and lying in the middle of the intersection.

The utility lines were cable and phone only, Seeber said. No power outages have been reported.

A utility pole was sheared in half in a rollover crash on West Taft Road near North Syracuse. Nov. 22, 2020.Jacob Pucci

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