U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson accused of felony hit-and-run following two San Gabriel Valley crashes

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United States Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was hospitalized and is suspected of felony hit-and-run following two crashes Saturday in San Gabriel and Rosemead, authorities said Sunday.
Bryson was driving a Lexus southbound in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard in San Gabriel about 5:05 p.m. when he rear-ended a Buick that was waiting for a passing train, according to a joint statement issued late Sunday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and San Gabriel Police Department. The Buick contained  two men and a 17-year-old boy.
After the collision, Byson pulled his car in front of the buick and exited, San Gabriel police Lt. Ariel Duran said.
“He was just really confused. He said something to the effect of, ‘I guess we’d better pull over and exchange information,” the lieutenant said.
But instead, Duran said, Bryson placed the car into reverse, striking the Buick again, before driving off.
“The three males followed him in their car while calling San Gabriel Police officers via 9-1-1 and asking for assistance,” according to the statement.
Secretary Bryson continued driving to Rosemead, where sheriff’s officials said he collided with a second car, a Honda,  about five minutes later on San Gabriel Avenue at Hellman Avenue, “where he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle,” according to the statement.
Bryson was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Capt. Michael Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said.
Paramedics treated two of the three occupants of the Buick for apparently minor injuries. 
A man and woman inside  the Honda declined medical treatment, officials said.
The damage to both Bryson’s Lexus and the Honda was minor, Duran said. It was not immediately clear why Bryson was unconscious following the second crash.
“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,” according to the written statement. “All parties were cooperative with law enforcement.”
Bryson’s Lexus was stored by San Gabriel police investigators pending further investigation. He was issued a felony citation at the hospital but not arrested.
Representatives of his office could not be reached for comment late Sunday night.
Before becoming Commerce Secretary, Bryson served as chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International, the parent of Southern California Edison, from 1990 to 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce website. He has also served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission and chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board.
On Thursday, Bryson gave the commencement address at Pasadena Polytechnic School, where several of his daughters went to school.
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