Commerce Secretary Probed in Odd Hit-and-Runs

Administration says he had a seizure
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2012 4:28 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2012 9:03 AM CDT
Commerce Secretary Bryson Probed in Hit-and-Run
US Commerce Secretary John Bryson.   (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was in a strange series of car crashes in the San Gabriel Valley over the weekend, hitting a Buick two times and a second car once, reports the Los Angeles Times, in an incident the White House is now saying resulted from a seizure. Bryson was driving his Lexus when he rear-ended the Buick while it was waiting for a train to pass, stopped briefly before striking the car a second time, and failed to stop the second time, say investigators. The three men in the Buick then followed Bryson, calling 911 for assistance, according to police.

A short time later Bryson hit the second vehicle, say law enforcement authorities. He was found unconscious and alone in his car, and officials say neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been involved. Bryson was cited for felony hit-and-run, said authorities. A Commerce spokesman today saying Bryson "suffered a seizure," according to CNN. "He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation." He has since been released and has returned to Washington. Bryson is a former chairman and chief executive officer of California-based energy company Edison International. (Read more John Bryson stories.)

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