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Driver in Fatal Wal-Mart Accident Has History of Epilepsy

Posted December 5, 2007

— A woman whose car fatally struck a couple at a Wal-Mart parking lot has a history of epilepsy, Fayetteville police said Wednesday.

Richard A. Myers, 63, and his wife, Christine "Gail" Myers, 59, of Prince Charles Drive, were leaving the Tire & Lube Express area at the back of the store shortly before noon Monday when they were struck and killed by a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 48-year-old Lynn Bremer.

Police said they believe Bremer experienced a medical problem that caused her to lose control of the car. Investigators said they haven't determined if her history with epilepsy was a contributing factor in the wreck, so the case remains under investigation.

The Myerses had gone to Wal-Mart to buy a new battery for their minivan, Gail Myers' sisters said.

Bremer suffered minor injuries. She has since been released from the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

No charges have been filed yet in the accident.


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  • Travised Dec 5, 2007

    After driving for years having my seizures under control, even twice I lost my license and had it reinstated. Never did I have problems while behind the wheel. I ended up not renewing it when meds no longer were doing their job. I didn't want to endanger other drivers. I had to move where I had access to a transit system. Have not driven since. Miss being independent in that manner, but safety has to come first.

    The issue I stress (and am yelled at) is driving is NOT a right. Driving is a privilege that can be taken away. You do not find it in our constitution, it is not a right given by the higher powers (not the lizards in DC). Some who have a clean bill of health choose to never drive.

    Worse than incidents like medical are states reinstating driving licenses to people that have +10 DWI's and continue to violate the law.

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 5, 2007

    For all anyone knows, this woman could have been seizure free for a very long time and on controlling meds. We don't know all the facts.

    Everyday in the US, someone has a heart attack or stroke behind the wheel and injures themselves or someone else and even causes fatal accidents. There are no guarantees, but let's reserve some judgement for the time being. I truly don't think she would have wanted this to happen at all, and the loss of these two wonderful people is certainly a great tragedy!

  • Travised Dec 5, 2007

    NC's code for seizures and driving is 6-12 months (suspended) WITH exceptions.

    Now. That posted, every state has different way to define a "seizure" from an "alteration of consciousness" to "loss of consciousness" depending on the state. So looking at those two definitions that could be daydreaming or sleeping for any of us (to the letter of the law!).

    For those who are epileptics, first time applying you need a letter from your Neuro and often annual or every 2 years letter to keep the license valid. It's part of having seizures.

    Remember the state form when you fill it out? It asks you "have you EVER had a seizure".

    Most states treat diabetics with kid gloves and give them a pass if treatment has recently changed, or in some states even if they have forgotten their dose! Not for epileptics. One seizure and you can't drive for 6-12 months depending on your state.

    If this happened in a parking lot and not on the road it may be different for the sake of the license.

  • retired and luv it Dec 5, 2007

    Everyone here if they are fortunate enough is going to get old and reach a time in life that maybe they should not drive or have relatives that are already there. It becomes such a gray area to legislate and still no law is going to fit every single case. Put yourself at that age or in that medical condition and ask if you might take chances too.

  • dcatz Dec 5, 2007

    There is no excuse to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when you have a medical history that presents a danger to the public. If you cannot manage your own health problems so that they don't affect your ability to drive, then you should not be behind the wheel of the car.

    If epilepsy was the cause of the wreck, then I have no sympathy for the driver and the driver should face charges of criminally negligent homicide.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Dec 5, 2007

    A D A at its worst.

  • tabi27830 Dec 5, 2007

    i didnt think people that had health issues like that were allowed to drive in the first place?

  • jackadoo Dec 5, 2007

    angora...sounds like you have a story to tell. Please share, I for one am willing to admit some things (ex. DWI) in my past that I regret, but must learn to live with.

  • angora2 Dec 5, 2007

    Lots of you guys are pointing fingers here. You have never walked in the shoes of someone who inadvertently hit and killed another human being. You are assuming it was a seizure; may have been something else. And will a lawsuit bring these people back to life? Believe me, she will punish herself for the rest of her life and never be at peace. I know.

  • jackadoo Dec 5, 2007

    pikemom...I guess the operative term is a "history" of these attacks... but,I do not pretend to know the details. Most of all, Peace be with you and your family.