Driving your car might seem like a simple concept, but when you factor in the number of distractions that impact your driving, a short trip to the grocery store may become dangerous. In this tech-driven era, we are constantly bombarded with electronic stimuli, ranging from our cell phones, to Ipods, to everything in between. On top of that, people attempt to eat, do their makeup and even brush their teeth while driving. If you don’t believe it, take a look at the car next to you next time you’re on the highway. Chances are you’ll see another driver doing something other than driving.
Car accidents happen regularly in this country, yet we barely blink when they happen because they are so common. Distracted drivers are often the cause of serious, life-threatening crashes, but this is not always the case. In some instances, people can suffer medical problems while driving. These are scary moments because the person can lose control of their bodily functions, thereby robbing them of their ability to drive within the confines of the law. Heart attacks and strokes, for the most part, cannot be predicted. But in some cases, certain medical conditions render people incapable of driving, especially if they are prone to medical “episodes.”
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, a man from Solana Beach, California was killed while driving east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive approaching South Cedros Avenue. It was about 1:40 pm when the 59-year-old man suddenly slumped over his steering wheel and began drifting into the other eastbound lane. He was suffering from an unknown medical condition and could no longer drive.
The man’s car drifted into the other lane and hit the back end of another car. He then hit a large telephone pole and was fatally injured. He was rushed to the Scripps La Jolla Hospital, but was later pronounced dead. The driver of the other car pulled to the side of the road after the accident and only suffered minor injuries.
According to 10news.com and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the man’s identity is being withheld pending family notification. They have, however, confirmed that the man had a pre-existing medical condition that could affect his ability to drive.