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