Sleepy Villager at wheel in crash that forced closure of Rolling Acres Road

A sleepy Villager was at the wheel in a crash Monday morning that forced the closure of Rolling Acres Road.

Patrick James Cady, 74, who lives in the Leyton Villas in the Village of Dunedin, was driving a 2017 Honda CRV utility vehicle at 8 a.m. Monday traveling north on Rolling Acres Road south of Darcy Road when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a set of mailboxes, a phone junction box and a power pole, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle got back on the roadway and entered the southbound lane traveling north. It crossed back over the road again and finally came to rest on the east shoulder facing north.

A Florida Highway Patrol vehicle blocked traffic on Rolling Acres Road Monday morning while a Duke Energy crew put up a replacement power pole after its predecessor was struck by a vehicle.

Cady told the investigator he “was tired and may have fallen asleep.” He did not require medical transport. His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Cady was ticketed on a charge of careless driving.

Duke Energy responded to the scene and replaced the power pole. The work forced the closure of Rolling Acres Road at its intersection with Lake Ella Road. Residents in the nearby area were without power for several hours.