U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is currently under investigation for his involvement in two car accidents that occurred over the weekend in Southern California. A police statement acknowledged that Bryson had suffered from a seizure when the car accidents occurred and also ruled out any indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the car accidents. But the statement did not set forth any conclusions as to the propriety of Bryson’s conduct as the investigation is still in its preliminary stages.
Bryson was driving his Lexus alone when he rear-ended a Buick in San Gabriel, CA around 5 p.m. Saturday night. After apparently momentarily losing consciousness, Bryson attempted to drive away. He struck the Buick, again, as he fled the scene. Less than five minutes later, Bryson struck a Honda Accord and lost consciousness until paramedics arrived. Bryson was treated for non-lethal injuries. No other personal injuries were reported as a result of the two car accidents.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday night in a press conference that Secretary Bryson would be taking an elected medical leave of absence “as he undergoes tests and evaluations.” Carney said in a statement that: “the President’s thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time.” An unidentified Commerce official revealed that, at the time of the auto accidents, Bryson was not on official duty, did not have a security detail and was driving his own motor vehicle.
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