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If you have a medical condition that prevents you from driving a car, you know how frustrating it can be to always rely on other forms of transportation. Public transit options may not be available everywhere or anytime you need to be somewhere, and being dependent on friends or relatives for a ride isn't ideal, either. Some people who aren't cleared to drive choose to do so anyway, which can result in not just criminal charges if they're caught, but tragic consequences for anyone affected by a crash as a result of the medical condition.

A San Bruno, California, man with a seizure disorder that prevents him from holding a driver's license is accused of killing two men and injuring several other people in a crash that happened after he suffered a seizure while driving. He's been charged with two counts of murder, as well as vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence as a result of the July 28 accident.

The two men who died in the crash were cousins, ages 37 and 39, who had just left the baptism of one of the men's daughter. The men, who were from San Bruno and South San Francisco, were stopped at a light in San Bruno when their car was rear-ended. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Other people hurt in the crash, including at least two children in another vehicle, were taken to hospitals.


Sometimes we hear in the news about car accidents that happen as a result of a driver's medical condition. These auto accidents are troubling because they are highly unpredictable, yet extremely damaging.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure on June 9 while he was driving not far out of Los Angeles. During this episode, he collided with two cars. His vehicle first hit a car that was waiting for a train to pass, striking it twice. In the second of the two car accidents, which occurred only minutes later, his car hit a second vehicle.

The U.S. Cabinet member was subsequently observed passed out in his car, presumably the result of a seizure. He obtained medical attention and later announced that he was temporarily stepping away from his job to focus on his medical issues.

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