US Car Crash Politician John Bryson Takes Medical Leave

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 | Comments Off on US Car Crash Politician John Bryson Takes Medical Leave

Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was found unconscious at the wheel of his car after the series of collisions. He is said to have suffered a seizure.

Police described one incident as a hit-and-run, and suspect him of causing all of the crashes on Saturday.

A US cabinet member involved in three car crashes in California has been given medical leave, his department has said.

A department official told Associated Press that Mr Bryson had not previously suffered a seizure and that the trade boss had only a “limited recall of the events”.

According to a statement released by his department, Mr Bryson told President Barack Obama on Monday that he was taking a medical leave “so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend”.

He did not say how long for, but said he would not perform the functions and duties of the office “during the period of my illness”.

His deputy, Rebecca Blank, will serve in his absence

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that Mr Obama’s thoughts were with Mr Bryson and his family.

Hospital stay:

Mr Bryson helped develop Edison International into a leading solar and wind power firm, and was confirmed as commerce secretary despite some conservative objections to his pro-environmental connections.

 The Buick then followed Mr Bryson’s Lexus and the occupants called for police assistance.A few minutes later, Mr Bryson was involved in a collision with a Honda as he crossed into the nearby city of Rosemead, where he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel.

He was alleged to have caused that crash as well, but investigations are at a preliminary stage, police said.

Police said there was no indication of alcohol or drug use.

There were no serious injuries to the passengers in the Buick or the Honda, and Mr Bryson was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, remaining in hospital overnight on Saturday.

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