Washington, June 21 (AP): US commerce secretary John Bryson said today he is resigning after suffering a seizure this month connected to a pair of car crashes in the Los Angeles area.
Bryson said in a letter to President Barack Obama that he is concerned his seizure “could be a distraction” and said the US would be better served by a change in leadership at the department. He earlier had transferred his duties as secretary to deputy secretary Rebecca Blank. Obama said in a statement he has accepted the resignation.
Authorities in California said Bryson was driving alone this month when he struck the rear of a vehicle that had stopped for a passing train. He spoke briefly with the people in the car and hit it again as he left. He struck a second car nearby and was found unconscious in his car. Bryson was cited for felony hit-and-run. He was not charged.