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No crash charges for ex-Commerce Secretary John Bryson

Former US Commerce Secretary John Bryson Washington DC 13 January 2012
Image caption John Bryson was not accompanied by security at the time of the crashes as he was on 'personal time'

A former US cabinet minister investigated over a hit-and-run over three crashes in California will not face charges, prosecutors have said.

John Bryson, 68, said he had suffered a seizure and resigned from his post as commerce secretary on 21 June, days after being found slumped at the wheel of his car.

The ex-utilities boss said his health issues could distract him from his job.

At the time, police said drugs or alcohol were not involved.

Investigating the incidents, they said that on 9 June Mr Bryson hit a car that had stopped for a train in San Gabriel, near Los Angeles.

He got out of the car and spoke to the passengers, but hit the car for a second time as he was driving away.

He hit another car a few minutes later, before he was found unconscious and alone at the wheel.

Before he was appointed as Secretary of Commerce, Mr Bryson was the head of Edison International, a US utilities company, and has served on the boards of Boeing and Disney.

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