US Commerce Secretary investigated on hit-and-run charges

June 16th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Over the past week, national headlines have been focused on John Bryson, the U.S. Commerce Secretary who got into two car accidents and had a seizure.

The strange set of circumstances may end up with Bryson receiving hit-and-run charges and the entire sequence is still under investigation.

While in Los Angeles, California, Bryson was leisurely driving through the city (he did not have a security or police escort during the drive). It is unclear how the first accident exactly happened, but Bryson struck the same car twice and eventually fled the scene. Investigators are considering hit-and-run charges for this crash.

Moments later, Bryson was involved in another accident. Again, details are a bit sketchy, but around the time of the second collision, Bryson had a seizure and had to be hospitalized. He cooperated with responding officers, taking a breath test (which he passed). However, investigators took a blood sample are expected to perform a more rigorous test to determine if any alcohol was in Bryson’s system.

As many people await the result of the investigation into Bryson’s accidents, speculation is rampant about what this means for the U.S. Commerce Secretary position. However, the focus should be on the health of the victims and the very real potential for serious harm in these accidents.

It seems that adverse health affected at least one accident, but to hit the same car twice and drive away? It doesn’t matter that Bryson is a public figure, car accidents can happen to anyone — and if they drive negligently, which is possible in this case, they should be held accountable for their actions.

Source: Reuters, “Commerce secretary probed in car crashes, seizure cited,” Susan Heavey and Steve Gorman, June 11, 2012