U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, 68, was cited for felony hit-and-run after allegedly hitting two vehicles on Saturday, June 9.
According to several reports, Bryson’s Lexus rear ended a Buick that was waiting for a train to pass in the city of San Gabriel. Bryson spoke briefly with the three men in the Buick and then drove away while hitting the stopped vehicle again in the process. The men followed Bryson and called the police.
Bryson allegedly hit a second vehicle in the nearby city of Rosemead. He was later found unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.
Minor injuries were reported for the passengers in the vehicles that were allegedly hit. Bryson was taken to the hospital and later released.
A joint statement from the San Gabriel Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that alcohol or drugs do not appear to have played a role, but the investigation is still ongoing.
The district attorney’s office for Los Angeles County will determine whether or not formal criminal charges will be filed.
Bryson had just given a commencement speech at Polytechnic School in Pasadena two days prior to the incident.
Bryson’s record on international trade
Bryson was confirmed as the 37th Secretary of Commerce in October 2011.
A day prior to the accidents, Bryson issued a statement regarding the April 2012 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report.
U.S. exports posted their second-highest level on record in April, and despite a variety of global economic challenges, exports in the first four months of 2012 continue to exceed their performance in 2011…Exports matter: just last year, exports supported 9.7 million American jobs, and have supported an additional 1.2 million American jobs since 2009.
Bryson lead his first trade mission from March 25-30 to India. Describing the mission, Bryson said,
We met with government and business leaders and laid out our goals, as well as our concerns. We saw first-hand how India’s many regions continue to grow rapidly-opening the door for unprecedented opportunities. We launched a promising new partnership to bring more Indian visitors to the United States. These developments lay the groundwork for U.S. companies to increase exports, attract greater investment, and create good jobs here at home.
To read ITE’s coverage of Bryson’s confirmation, click here.