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White House: Bryson To Take Medical Leave

The White House says Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take a medical leave as he undergoes tests and evaluations after suffering a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Monday that President Barack Obama's thoughts were with Bryson and his family.

The Commerce Department said Bryson transferred his functions and duties as secretary to Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, who is now acting commerce secretary.

The department said Bryson suffered a seizure on Saturday and had "limited recall" of the events related to the incident.


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The Commerce Department says Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area Saturday that left him injured and unconscious.

The department says Bryson was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation.

He was released and has returned to Washington.

Bryson was cited for a felony hit-and-run but has not been formally charged.


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Police say U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson has been cited for felony hit-and-run following two Los Angeles area accidents that left him injured and unconscious.

They said early Monday that the 68-year-old Bryson was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries following the crashes around 5 p.m. PDT Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department and the San Gabriel Police Department say he was driving alone on a major street in San Gabriel when he allegedly struck the rear end of a vehicle, then left the scene after speaking briefly with the occupants.

The agencies say minutes later he struck another vehicle in a nearby community, and police arriving found him unconscious behind the wheel of his car.

San Gabriel Police spokesman Lt. Ariel Duran says Bryson was cited for felony hit-and-run, and prosecutors will determine later if he'll be formally charged.


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