Auto Accident

Renne - 17795
By Renne - 17795 Latest Reply 2008-06-23 00:21:01 -0500
Started 2008-06-21 06:21:40 -0500

Last year I was driving to work in the early morning. At approximately 7:10 am I went in to a hypoglycemic reaction on the freeway. Apparently I was weaving into traffic lanes and hit another car. I did not stop. I finally came out of my "daze" a few miles down the freeway, got off the freeway and treated myself for hypoglycemia with some juice that was in my car and a couple of glucose tablets. I am now being accused by the local District Attorney for hit and run and DUI. My court case is scheduled for the first week in July. I have never been in trouble with the law before. I am really scared. Before I left for work that morning I had taken a "CONTAC" brand cold pill for a head cold that I had. Everything else in my morning routine was normal. I have a feeling that something in the cold pill reacted with my insulin. Can anyone help me?

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Donna Mellow
Donna Mellow 2008-06-21 10:10:11 -0500 Report

Wow. I am so sorry to hear this. Did you speak to a lawyer?? I know that sometimes I feel that way when I am sick. Your blood glucose goes up when your body is fighting infection as it is so maybe the cold medicine reacted with your other medication. Maybe you should contact your doctor and ask if this is possible. Good luck to you. I hope it all works out for you.

morris.js 2008-06-22 02:01:32 -0500 Report

Renne, As a former police officer, I can say that you might have a pretty tough time with your case. You do not say if you ever notified the police after you came out of your "daze". Or what took place afterwards.
In your defense, you might get a statement from your doctor about your Diabetes, and how your insulin can cause hypoglycemia, and how this may explain your actions.
I don't use any cold medicines myself, but I think most of them say not to drive after taking them. This might prove to be a problem for you unless you used one of the "Daytime" remedies. You can be deemed "under the influence" even though it was not alcohol.
I'm sorry I cannot be more positive for you. Obviously you need to have legal representation.
I wish you luck, and be sure to let us know the outcome.

jupton1 2008-06-22 22:01:06 -0500 Report

If You got a DWI did they find Booze on Your breath or test You for it in any whay??If they didnt I would get a letter from 2 different Drs and fight this…If You wasnt drinking,a free lawyer should do,with a drs note that You suffer from Your medical condition. You may have trouble telling them why You didnt stop for a few miles…John

morris.js 2008-06-23 00:21:01 -0500 Report

John, DUI is different than DWI. She was charged with DUI, which can include being under the influence of not only illegal drugs, but also over the counter cold, flu, and allergy meds with warning labels not to operate machinery.
Yes, her medical condition is probably the cause of her behavior, but it is not going to be as easy to prove as you make it sound. I had 17 years in as a police officer, and have seen this type of case before. Mostly it will depend on what her actions were after she came out of her daze. John

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