- Commerce Secretary John Bryson was found alone and unconscious after three car crashes in two cities.
- Bryson was cited for felony hit and run.
- No serious injuries were reported. However, Bryson remains hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
- Preliminary reports are negative on presence of alcohol or drugs. Blood test results are still pending.
A member of President Obama's cabinet is in the hospital this morning after being found alone and unconscious in his car following some rather strange driving behavior. Commerce Secretary John Bryson is alleged to have left the scene after causing three car crashes (hitting one of the cars twice). Bryson has been cited for felony hit-and-run.
Police in San Gabriel, CA told CNN that Bryson was at the wheel of a Lexus when that car struck a Buick with three men. The car Bryson reportedly hit was stopped at a railroad crossing, waiting for the tracks to clear. The Secretary spoke with the men in the car and then left the scene of the accident, but not before hitting the Buick again. The Buick followed Bryson's car as he drove away, with the occupants calling 911.
Published reports from the local police state that Secretary Bryson continued to drive a short distance to the town of Rosemead where he hit a Honda before driving off. Police state that the victims in Buick sustained only minor injuries and were treated by paramedics, while the couple in the Honda refused any medical treatment.
The Associated Press is reporting that the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and the San Gabriel Police are releasing joint statements on the investigation from the accidents that happened around 5pm on Saturday. A report from early Monday morning quotes Deputy Tony Moore on Bryson's hospitalization:
"As far as we know he is still admitted."
Additional information about the hospital where John Bryson is receiving treatment and his condition have not be released. Bryson's office at the Commerce Department has not responded to requests for a statement on the situation. There was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The Commerce Secretary was appointed last October by President Obama. The 68-year old Bryson came to the administration after serving as chairman of Edison International from 1990 to 2008.
Shortly before 10am (EST), the Commerce Department released information on this story. As reported by the Washington Post:
A Commerce department spokeswoman said Bryson apparently suffered a seizure, and was hospitalized overnight for examination. It was not immediately clear whether the seizure cause the collisions, or may have resulted from them. Police in California said that if there was a medical reason for the car accidents, Bryson likely would not be prosecuted.
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