Weatherford Democrat

July 31, 2013

Rollover wreck kills driver

Police believe man fell asleep behind wheel; passenger survives


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

RENO – A Springtown man who apparently fell asleep at the wheel while on his way to work died at a Fort Worth hospital Tuesday after he was ejected during a one-vehicle rollover, according to Reno police.

His passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, survived the wreck that occurred on Knob Hill Road east of Lowrey Circle around 7:30 a.m.

Thomas John Bottge II, 32, of Springtown, was pronounced dead shortly after noon Tuesday at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Bottge was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound when police believe he fell asleep, left the roadway and traveled on the grass before striking a driveway culvert, according to Reno Police Chief Hank Pope. The vehicle reportedly flipped end over end multiple times before coming to rest facing west. 

Bottge, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.

He was speaking when first responders got there, Pope said. However, Bottge reportedly went into full cardiac arrest and was revived at the scene before being transported to JPS, where he later died.

His passenger, 36-year-old Janet Leija, of Springtown, who said she was asleep at the time of the wreck, was treated at a hospital and later released, according to Pope.