Driver of car that crashed into Jun Lee says medicine might be to blame - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Driver of car that crashed into Jun Lee says medicine might be to blame

Four people were injured Saturday when a SUV plowed through the Jun Lee Trading Company on Summer Avenue.  Monday, the SUV's driver said he thinks new medication caused him to lose control of his car.

"When I was driving all of a sudden I got real hot, when I got hot, I noticed my heart was beating kind of weird," the driver of the SUV said.

The next thing he knew, he was inside Jun Lee Trading Company.  The man said that he passed out while he was behind the wheel.  He did not want to be identified because he is so embarrassed about what he did.

"I really feel bad about it, because I didn't know I was going to black out at the steering wheel," he said. "I'm sorry, I hope I didn't hurt no body serious at all."

The 44-year-old driver said he suffers from a seizure disorder that he came down with when he was training in the military.

Until Saturday, he had not suffered a seizure in over a year. His doctor even gave him permission to get his license back.
 
The man recently started taking high blood pressure medicine, and thinks the medicine may be what caused him to black out.

He now has this warning for people getting behind the wheel:
 
"I'd like to say to people who are having problems driving, if you got any kind of problem with blood pressure or seizure disorder, try to let someone else do the driving," he said.   

It's exactly what the man said he is going to do from now on.         

Four people were hurt in the crash.

One is still at the MED in stable condition.


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