Expectant Father Dies in Crash; Family Blames Sleep Disorder
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A deadly accident has ripped a young family apart. One month from now, a baby girl will be born and will never get to meet her father.
David Fraker, 27, died in a crash Tuesday night.
Fraker’s family says he had a severe case of sleep apnea and has had several accidents from falling asleep at the wheel.
“He had beautiful eyes, beautiful teeth, a beautiful smile and always the same,” Missy Toler, Fraker’s stepsister, said.
Fraker and his fiancé were expecting their first child.
“He was so excited about the baby. He wanted to name her Shaylyn,” Toler said.
But Shaylyn will never meet her dad. Fraker was driving along Route 119 when he got behind a tractor-trailer and rear-ended it.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Early indicators lead to that he was definitely taking prescription medication at the time of the crash,” Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.
In Fraker’s car, deputies found pills they say had been prescribed by a doctor. His family believes the medicine was for his sleep apnea.
“Often he would have to pull over on the side of the road and sleep,” Toler said. “He had just spoke to his fiancé prior to the accident and said he was very tired, very sleepy, and he wanted to go home.”
But Fraker never made it home, and in just one month -- that's where his daughter will be.
"We’ll definitely make sure she knows she had an awesome father, and he would have been there for her. I'm sure her life would have been full of joy,” Toler said.
Deputies are waiting for Fraker's autopsy results to know for sure if the sleep apnea or the medication caused the crash.
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