TAMPA — A Brandon motorist arrested in a fiery crash that claimed the lives of a child and two adults on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway was suffering from a medical incident at the time, her grandmother said. "All I know is that she had a seizure," the grandmother, Violet Perera of Riverview, said in a phone interview Friday. But Tampa police say her granddaughter, Amber Nicole Perera, 29, was seen passing at least two cars at a high rate of speed Thursday afternoon just before she slammed into the rear of another car, touching off a fiery four-vehicle collision that
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This Selmon freeway mash up is the second three fatality crash in the Bay area in four days. The one who caused the crash is in a heap of trouble. The grandmother, the family spokesman, is maintaining granddaughter´s diminished capacity due to seizure. One supposes that´s not impossible, yet it´s far more likely that she liked getting smashed on antidepressants. Kind of grabs her by the booboo. This week others died because of her irresponsibility. Be alert.
#1 makes a good point. Anyone who suffers a true tonic clonic (grand mal) seizure should for medical reasons surrender his driving license for no less than six months. Any recurrence while in traffic at speed could be tragic. Amber was on anti-anxiety drugs, enough of which could turn a bouncing whippet into a sleeping fat Basset hound.
Dittos above that it is selfish, irresponsible, and endangering others to drive while knowingly impaired for any reason - especially medical.
It might be useful, however, to have a fail-safe artificial intelligence (AI) "self driving" or "autopilot" emergency feature kick in to direct and park the vehicle in the closest safe place - and notify 911 with status and GPS coordinates: IF detection of impairment can be made reliable enough. (Big "if")
While I don´t think self-driving vehicle technology is yet sufficiently robust for general application, this possibly would be a legitimate use of the technology. The benefit in this limited case would outweigh the risk.
A few years back, a family member suffered a seizure while driving (actually waiting center front at a red light. Beside was a policeman in in another car. He saw the seizure but could not stop things. Seizure made the leg rigid, foot on the gas pedal. Crossed the intersection, took out a sign and an oncoming car waiting at the light. Family member unresponsive, hospitalized, and a second seizure later occurred. Family member had been in compliance with all state requirements...license previously surrendered, waiting period met, doctor´s recommendation that license be restored, etc., etc. No longer drives, but probably could get license restored if tried. Epilepsy can be an unpredictable and devestating thing.
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