A driver recently pleaded not guilty after being charged with vehicular homicide relating to an auto accident that happened earlier this month. Allegedly, the man caused the accident because he failed to take his seizure medication.
The four-car collision happened in early August, resulting in the death of one man. The 27-year-old driver who caused the crash suffers from a medical condition that causes him seizures. Court documents allege that the man did not take his seizure medication, which might have prevented him from causing the crash, and the subsequent death of a 38-year-old man.
According to court records, the 27-year-old driver was operating his compact vehicle a little after 1 p.m., when he rear-ended the 38-year-old man’s sedan, which was stopped at a red light. The impact thrust the sedan into the rear of a sport utility vehicle. Although the 38-year-old was wearing his seat belt, the collision resulted in a transected spinal cord and torn aorta. Authorities pronounced him dead at the crash site.
Authorities found pills in the 27-year-old’s car. He later told police that he didn’t remember taking his seizure medication on the day of the accident or the day before. As a part of the criminal proceedings, a judge has ordered the 27-year-old not to operate a motor vehicle during his court proceedings unless he receives written permission from his doctor. Also, the judge ordered the man to continue taking his medication.
If a driver has a known medical condition that could endanger other drivers on the road, he or she has a responsibility not to drive — or at the very least, to take the medication that prevents a potentially dangerous medical event. Those hurt due to a driver’s negligent failure to take his or her medication may have the right to pursue financial compensation in court.
Source: kiro7.com, “Seizure-prone driver pleads not guilty in Fife crash that killed man,” Stacia Glenn, Aug. 08, 2017