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Car nearly hits Palo Alto home after driver has seizure

Man taken to hospital following crash on Middlefield Road

A man having a seizure Wednesday night, Aug. 15, was rescued from his vehicle by Palo Alto firefighters and emergency crews after his car veered off Middlefield Road and struck a brick fence, Battalion Chief Doug Conn said.

The call originally came in at 7:36 p.m. as a vehicle that went into a house in the 2300 block of Middlefield near Garland Drive, but upon arrival emergency personnel found the car had gone "through a fence that was brick in nature," Conn said. The car was heavily damaged but was parked on the lawn.

The driver was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, but Conn said he had no further information regarding the man's condition.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by kongjie, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

kongjie is a registered user.

Well, now I'm going to have to drive by and find the house. Because I am absolutely intrigued to see what a "fence that was brick in nature" looks like. I suspect the answer is "a brick wall."

Hope the driver is doing well.


Posted by history, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

Did this driver have a history of seizures or is this the first ever?


Posted by Raymond Lucas, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

WHY, oh why are people with medical conditions that are prone to seizures STILL allowed to drive? Can anyone answer that please? My Aunt and twin girls were killed in a head on collision by a mna having a seizure. That was 20yrs ago at least, and NOTHING has changed!


Posted by E, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Dear Raymond
So sorry to hear about your loss. People with medical problems run that risk of hurting people and it is tragic. However, there are people who have diabetes and go into comas driving, drunk drivers, people high on drugs, people who like to speed, who kill people every day with their cars. My cousin, 80, died while she was driving by having a heart attack. Fortunately she drove off the road before she killed someone.


Posted by daniel, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

If the driver's seizure problem was chronic, the DMV should have pulled his license and he should never have been allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle again. A driver prone to seizures is practically a weapon of mess destruction.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Aren't we all one heartbeat away from veering into opposing traffic?


Posted by Resident palo alto, a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Loved the comment about diabetes, heart attack, drunk drivers etc killing people. DON't blame a seizure disorder raymond. My daughter has seizures and she will never be able to have the independence of driving. However, don't assume that seizures don't just start at any time with out previous history. Your loss 20 years ago could have also happened by an elderly person losing motor control suddenly or a drunk driver.


Posted by Resident palo alto, a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Loved the comment about diabetes, heart attack, drunk drivers etc killing people. DON't blame a seizure disorder raymond. My daughter has seizures and she will never be able to have the independence of driving. However, don't assume that seizures don't just start at any time with out previous history. Your loss 20 years ago could have also happened by an elderly person losing motor control suddenly or a drunk driver.


Posted by Resident, a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Why is it that many people's first reactions are that of anger toward the driver? The article does not state the driver's condition, but it sounds like nobody else was hurt, and the driver may be ok. If this is the case, this is good news.

Just because someone had a seizure while driving or any type of medical emergency does NOT mean that they had a history of that condition. Imagine if that person was you or a family member. You just never know. Anything can happen to anyone at any time.


Posted by John Murphy, a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

Resident - perhaps the anger is related to the fact that recent history backs up the theory that people continue to drive when they should not, as opposed to your theory that people have a seizure, realize that they are prone to seizures and turn in their license.

Web Link

The driver in the article I link to caused SEVEN seizure related crashed and continued to drive until he finally killed two people.


Posted by medical conditions, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

Lots of people continue to drive even when they know they have medical problems that make them a danger to society. A San Francisco man was recently convicted of manslaughter for running over a pedestrian while driving with a broken foot: Web Link

People with known medical conditions need to take their conditions seriously and stop driving if there is any chance that their condition impairs their safe driving ability. Friends and doctors also need to take responsibility. And the cops and prosecutors need to step up enforcement and prosecution. No more slaps on the wrist for these kinds of crimes. Innocent people are being killed.


Posted by just thinkin', a resident of Midtown
on Aug 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Recently saw a newspaper item regarding a man known to be seizure prone AND a revoked licinse who has been repeatedly cite for driving with no license - and is now facing murder charges for killing someone.
A person without a license can still buy a car - and even legally register it.................


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