US trade chief had seizure prior to car crash
US Commerce Secretary John Bryson, pictured, cited for a hit-and-run offence over the weekend, had in fact suffered a "seizure" around the time he was involved in a series of mysterious road accidents in Los Angeles.
Police issued Bryson with a citation for "felony hit and run" after his Lexus collided with two vehicles in quick succession on Saturday.
He was found unconscious and alone in his car at the scene of the second accident and taken to hospital.
The authorities told reporters Mr Bryson (68), who has headed President Obama's commerce department since October, was co-operative, and there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol.
"Secretary Bryson suffered a seizure," said a statement from the commerce department.
"He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation."
Witnesses reported that Bryson drove into the rear of a car at a level crossing at around 5pm. He briefly stopped to speak with the three men inside the car, asking if they wished to exchange insurance details, and then drove away, sideswiping their vehicle a second time in the process. The driver called police and reported that Bryson had been "acting strangely".
He followed his Lexus, and it struck a second car. When police arrived, he was unconscious. (Independent News Service)