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Diabetic driver charged in multiple crashes pleads no contest | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 68 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 26, 2011, titled Diabetic driver charged in multiple crashes pleads no contest | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Fairfield County diabetic driver accused of injuring three people in three separate crashes last year after he had a low-blood-sugar "blackout" pleaded no contest this morning to 12 minor misdemeanors.

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diabetic

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 26, 2011
WOW....he must be a brittle diabetic, which is one who cannot sense when their blood sugar is low.

Time to give up the drivers license.....
getreal ohio

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 26, 2011
Really sad they let dumb arses renew their drivers license when they have severe health problems they obviously cannot control.

They can still sue in civil court and hopefully they take him for everything he's got or will get.
Driver 1

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 26, 2011
Darn motorcyclists won't get out of the way. They think they own the road. They don't pay near the amount of gas taxes that I do. They shouldn't even be on the same roads
Sharon Columbus

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 26, 2011
Now I am diabetic and part of my day is TOTAL control of my glucose! Don't try to tell me: you cannot control your glucose level! IF you are a brittle diabetic then I certainly agree with the comment before: GIVE UP THE DRIVER'S LICENSE. You are an accident waiting to happen and the next time someone is going to be injured and/or killed.

I'm sure neighbors, family and IF you ask your primary care doctor for help: you can re-adjust your diet, lifestyle.

Maybe re-adjusting your medication by a specialist medical professional who works with diabetic patients with this situation could help. Also there are educational classes for individuals along with the husband/wife accompanying to have the knowledge to be healthier.

BUT the patient needs to be willing to change, be healthier and think of others first!

Wouldn't you feel simply horrible if your lack of judgment/attitude caused someone to lose a member of their family.

Plus blackouts are also caused by TIA's????

Is a major change easy? Not by a long shot but it is so worth getting your mental/physical health back on track.

My intention is not to be lacking sympathy or feeling for the patient! Please take control and you will begin a better path of life!
MARCOS1

United States

#5 Apr 26, 2011
blood - smuud, regardless of medical conditions, you are responsible for your driving! Does not seem to be too 'blacked-out' if he was able to drive all that distance, and managed to hit and run and keep on going down the road. If not guilty, should have drivers license revoked due to that condition, as un safe! Would you accept that excuse? oh my blood sugar was low, sorry. sue him in court for damages.
Lolita Shih Tzu

Mount Vernon, OH

#6 Apr 26, 2011
Take the keys away from him!
Or are you waiting for him to cause a tragedy?
Citizen

Highland, OH

#7 Apr 26, 2011
Gosh have a little sympathy. I am new as a diabetic and pulled into a parking lot stopped my car because I felt really ill, disoriented and well really didn't understand what was happening.(gee my blood sugar level was so low that my brain wasn't working either). Prior to actually stopping I "nicked" a tail light of a parked car. Well of course even while trying to explain to the owner my condition she went insane thinking I am intoxicated and of course called the police. Needless to say I was detained till my husband arrived by this ill informed officer too long and ended up at the emergency room. I have been checking my blood sugar more frequently. Any suggestions I don't want to get in trouble or have people think that I am some kind of drunk either.
See ya

Pickerington, OH

#8 Apr 26, 2011
The Judge would not convict AND sentence until reading birefs. See ya, no medical defense on my watch. Elections coming up ya know? Only law enforcement and people who can run 3 miles, do 70 sit ups in two minutes, do 50 push ups and have previously served their country should be legal drivers. See ya old people, people with glasses, out of shape hogs, disabled people and people with health conditions. There, i feel safer aready. Can I get a rreduction in my car insurance?
Driver 1

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 26, 2011
Lolita Shih Tzu wrote:
Take the keys away from him!
Or are you waiting for him to cause a tragedy?
What are you talking about? Clearly there are just too many motorcycles in the area that he lives. They screw up the roads for everyone and they're noisy, too.
Ambrosia375

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 26, 2011
Why is he stilled allowed to drive? Waiting for him to kill someone?
Concern citizen

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 26, 2011
Citizen wrote:
Gosh have a little sympathy. I am new as a diabetic and pulled into a parking lot stopped my car because I felt really ill, disoriented and well really didn't understand what was happening.(gee my blood sugar level was so low that my brain wasn't working either). Prior to actually stopping I "nicked" a tail light of a parked car. Well of course even while trying to explain to the owner my condition she went insane thinking I am intoxicated and of course called the police. Needless to say I was detained till my husband arrived by this ill informed officer too long and ended up at the emergency room. I have been checking my blood sugar more frequently. Any suggestions I don't want to get in trouble or have people think that I am some kind of drunk either.
Check your sugar before you get on the road and if it is a long drive check it again every couple of hours. I know is hard to get used to the condition, but it can be managed, you just need to learn how and lear to understand your body and what is telling you. There is no excuse for the men you hit all this people, he should have known better. Just check your sugar every time that you are going to get behind the wheel.
native

Columbus, OH

#12 Apr 26, 2011
DIABETICS: Get educated onSYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS of this illness and RESPECT OUR LIVES.
Jeanie Taylor

Newport, KY

#13 Apr 26, 2011
My sister is diabetic and she always has warnings when her sugar is low. Why didn't this guy pull over and stop before 3 people's lives were changed forever by this man.
Jeanie Taylor

Newport, KY

#14 Apr 26, 2011
My sister is a diabetic and she always knows when her sugar is low. Why didn't this guy stop the vehicle before the lives of 3 people were affected by this?
tim johnson

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 26, 2011
i think hew needs to pay for what he did medical condition or no medical condition he needs to pay for what he did if he is Diabetic he sould not be driving if he blacks out behind the wheel i bet he never payed for the people he hurt or was never in jail ...
Driver 1

Columbus, OH

#16 Apr 26, 2011
Next you'll tell me that motorcyclists are safer than car drivers, that is until they screw up and get sent skidding across tha pavement or flying through your windshield.

Since: Jan 10

Jersey City, NJ

#17 Apr 26, 2011
Sharon Columbus wrote:
Now I am diabetic and part of my day is TOTAL control of my glucose! Don't try to tell me: you cannot control your glucose level! IF you are a brittle diabetic then I certainly agree with the comment before: GIVE UP THE DRIVER'S LICENSE. You are an accident waiting to happen and the next time someone is going to be injured and/or killed.
I'm sure neighbors, family and IF you ask your primary care doctor for help: you can re-adjust your diet, lifestyle.
Maybe re-adjusting your medication by a specialist medical professional who works with diabetic patients with this situation could help. Also there are educational classes for individuals along with the husband/wife accompanying to have the knowledge to be healthier.
BUT the patient needs to be willing to change, be healthier and think of others first!
Wouldn't you feel simply horrible if your lack of judgment/attitude caused someone to lose a member of their family.
Plus blackouts are also caused by TIA's????
Is a major change easy? Not by a long shot but it is so worth getting your mental/physical health back on track.
My intention is not to be lacking sympathy or feeling for the patient! Please take control and you will begin a better path of life!
I am also a Type I diabetic, for nearly 22 years. I personally have had instances where my blood sugar drops have "snuck up" on me, leaving me very little time to seek sugar to remedy. If you, Sharon, recall your first diagnosis, you will remember that honeymoon periods and other moments of instability are difficult to manage at all times. While I maintain good control over my overall health, there are others that do not or simply cannot--diabetic or otherwise. Taking this man's license away will reduce his ability to seek treatment by restricting his mobility. What say you to the thousands of drivers out there with heart conditions that could cause a sudden heart attack while driving, or those with a yet-to-be diagnosed propensity to have a seizure or migraine that could cause the same accident? Also, be careful what you wish for in cases such as this, or else diabetics will be forced to submit monthly blood glucose logs to the DMV to be allowed to continue to drive. Just some points to consider.
Che Cazzo

New York, NY

#18 Apr 26, 2011
If Americans would put down the fork and take the freaking stairs, then we wouldn't have nation full of lazy, fat, gout ridden, diabetics passing out after pounding a blossom onion fried in ranch dipped bleu cheese bacon.

Next time you see a dumb, lazy, fat, American b itch ing to a restaurant manager after eating ALL of his meal, wierding everyone out in ear-shot, and then demanding something for free - please bury your fist in his pudgey face!
judy

Danville, OH

#19 Apr 26, 2011
take the drivers licence away.
jeff

Columbus, OH

#20 Apr 26, 2011
All the charges are $150 fine and NO jail time...

So what's the problem? He' don't have the integrity to say... My medical condition had me all messed up... But it's still my fault!!

Coward... Get some integrity.... LOSER!!

Live with that....

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