String of crashes blamed on driver’s medical condition
What looked like a case of road rage that sent a bicyclist to the hospital and left 14 vehicles damaged is being attributed to a motorist who suffered a medical condition.
WALLA WALLA — What looked like a case of road rage that sent a bicyclist to the hospital and left 14 vehicles damaged is being attributed to a motorist who suffered a medical condition.
Police say George F. Fry, 64, caused numerous collisions Friday but claimed to have no knowledge of them.
At one point, Fry drove his pickup into a vehicle, which led to a chain reaction that involved bicyclist Perri L. Wiggins, 56, of Walla Walla.
Wiggins was taken to that hospital but was expected to be released over the weekend.
The first collision started at 2:42 p.m., when Georgia W. Brewington, 77, of Walla Walla, was stopped on Palouse north of Alder Street. She said she saw Fry’s pickup approaching from behind.
“I felt he was going way too fast then he rear-ended me,” said Brewington, who was uninjured but shook up. “Then he backed up and hit me again. ... I thought I don’t want to get out of the car and confront him.”
The police report said Brewington drove through the intersection, turned left on Poplar and then left on Park to avoid Fry, who kept following and colliding with her.
Then Fry passed Brewington and hit another vehicle that caused the chain reaction on Park north of Boyer. Fry continued north on Park until he hit a number of parked vehicles in front of Cordiner Hall, where his pickup came to a stop.
According to witnesses, Fry stepped out of the pickup and immediately dropped to the ground. He was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Whatever medical condition he had wasn’t released.
The police report did not list if Fry had been cited.