Commerce Secretary John Bryson was reportedly involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents over the weekend. "Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend," Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement. "He suffered a seizure." The accidents were in San Gabriel and Rosemead, CA, near Los Angeles on Saturday evening around 5:00 p.m. CBS News reports, “Bryson was then "found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle," after allegedly causing another accident in the neighboring city of Rosemead about five minutes later, according to the statement.”
A police statement said that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be the cause of the accident. Bryson was hospitalized overnight and administered medication to treat a seizure. Bryson was charged with felony hit and run, however he was not booked at the jail due to the fact that he was taken to the hospital.
CBS reports, “Bryson was allegedly behind the wheel of a Lexus that rear-ended another vehicle waiting for a train to pass in San Gabriel at around 5:05 p.m. PT, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Bryson spoke with the three males in the other car, and then allegedly drove away, hitting their Buick again in the process. CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports that police said Bryson asked the three men if they wanted to exchange information. He then returned to his car and backed up before allegedly hitting the Buick a second time and driving off. The three men in the Buick called police as they followed Bryson's vehicle from the scene.”
The L.A. Times reports, "Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend. He suffered a seizure. He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing. Secretary Bryson has no public events scheduled for today."
"The investigation is in its preliminary stages," according to a statement made by officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and San Gabriel Police Department.
After stopping to talk to the three men inside the Buick he hit, Bryson was leaving the location of the accident when he hit the Buick a second time, according to authorities. The three men followed Bryson's car as they called 911, according to the police statement.
Bryson continued to drive his Lexus into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, authorities said. There, he allegedly crashed into a second vehicle near the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Hellman Avenue, according to law enforcement officials. Law enforcement officers found him unconscious behind the wheel of his car.