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Breaking News: Obama’s Secretary of Commerce Suspected of Felony Hit and Run in SoCal

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on June 11, 2012

This press release came over the wire earlier tonight from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the San Gabriel Police Department regarding a felony hit and run investigation where the suspect is John Bryson, who is President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Commerce…

Hit and Run Traffic Collision Investigation Involving U.S. Secretary of Commerce

News Release 

San Gabriel Police Department

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department    

On Saturday, June 9, 2012 at about 5:05PM a hit and run traffic collision occurred in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard in the City of San Gabriel. 

The City of San Gabriel is policed by the San Gabriel Police Department.

Preliminary investigation indicates the collision was caused by Suspect John Bryson, who is the United States Secretary of Commerce.

Secretary Bryson was allegedly travelling southbound in a Lexus on San Gabriel Boulevard and rear-ended a Buick occupied by three males that was stopped on the street awaiting a passing train.  Bryson spoke with the males, then left the scene, hitting the same car again as he left the scene. The three males followed him in their car while calling San Gabriel Police officers via 911 and asking for assistance.

Bryson drove into the neighboring city of Rosemead.  Rosemead is policed by the Temple Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Bryson then allegedly caused a collision involving a second car at about 5:10PM while driving southbound on San Gabriel Boulevard at Hellman Avenue in the city of Rosemead, where he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.  He was treated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire paramedics and transported to a local hospital for medical aid where he was admitted for treatment for non life-threatening injuries.

Two of the three males in the Buick (first collision) were treated by paramedics for complaint of pain.

The second vehicle that was struck was a Honda Accord occupied by a man and a woman, one of whom complained of pain as a result of the collision, but suffered no major injuries and declined medical aid.  

There was minor damage to the Lexus and Honda Accord.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages. At this point in time, there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions.  All parties were cooperative with law enforcement.

Bryson’s vehicle was stored by San Gabriel Police Department officers pending investigation.  The San Gabriel collision is under investigation as a felony hit and run.

Traffic investigators with the San Gabriel Police Department and Temple Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are jointly investigating the two traffic collisions. 

News Media inquiries are being handled by Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (323) 267-4800.  No additional information is available at this time.

3 Responses to “Breaking News: Obama’s Secretary of Commerce Suspected of Felony Hit and Run in SoCal”

  1. Greg Diamond said

    You really shouldn’t leave out of the headline that Bryson (of whom I am not really a fan) apparently claims credibly to have had a seizure while driving, which would explain both his driving and his odd reaction to the accident. You’re giving the impression that he’s just an arrogant scofflaw. You know that, if he had a seizure, that is not an appropriate inference — and you shouldn’t leave readers with that impression.

    • I would note the importance of the time stamp. This was based on the press release from the LASD and SGPD. (We ran the OCDA’s press release on Miller Oh, for example, with the headline “Buena Park Councilman Charged With Perjury” here: https://ocpolitical.com/2012/05/30/buena-park-councilman-charged-with-perjury/)

      The LA Times ran the headline “Commerce Secretary John Bryson accused in hit-and-run crashes”
      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/us-commerce-secretary-accused-in-hit-and-run-crashes-found-unconcious.html

      This press release was posted here on OC Political hours before his seizure statement was made public.

      I will post the Commerce Department press release here though:

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, June 11, 2012

      Tonight, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson notified President Obama that he would be taking a medical leave of absence and immediately transferring his functions and duties as Secretary to Deputy Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank. Effective immediately, Dr. Blank will become Acting Secretary of Commerce. Below is a copy of the memo to Deputy Secretary Blank.

      June 11, 2012

      MEMORANDUM FOR THE DEPUTY SECRETARY

      FROM: Secretary John Bryson

      SUBJECT: Transfer of Duties During Medical Leave of Absence

      I notified President Obama this evening that effective immediately I am taking a medical leave of absence so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend. During the period of my illness, I will not perform the functions and duties of my office. Therefore, by operation of law, as my first assistant you will act in my stead for the duration of my absence.

      • Greg Diamond said

        Headlines can be edited as new information comes out. By the time I commented, the information had been out for almost half a day. As I’m sure you know, many people take their information from headlines and pay less attention to the story.

        It’s not a huge deal, but it was worth criticizing.

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