Los Angeles Times
U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take a medical leave after being involved in two San Gabriel Valley hit-and-run crashes, the White House announced Monday night.
â€œSecretary Bryson informed the White House tonight that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from his position as Commerce secretary as he undergoes tests and evaluations. The presidentâ€™s thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time. Secretary Bryson assured the White House that the Commerce Department staff will not missÂ a beat in their work helping Americaâ€™s businesses compete,” Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, said.
Authorities found Bryson, 68, unconscious at the wheel of his Lexus after hitting two vehicles shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. He was cited for felony hit-and-run but was not booked. He was taken to a hospital.
Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman confirmed the information to The Times on Monday.
“Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend. He suffered a seizure,” Friedman said in a statement. “He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington.”
A Commerce official said later that Bryson had never had a seizure before and had “limited recall of the events.” He remains in contact with doctors, the official said.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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