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Truck driver takes suicide run down highway

post #1 of 13
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http://www.canada.com/victoriatimesc...5d&k=43866&p=1

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/st...ead-crash.html

A truck driver in Edmonton, AB drove several miles down a highway in the wrong direction before going over a guard rail.

His family is saying that it was due to "Diabetes"

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/can...html?id=415094

But others are saying that it was suicide because he travelled 39 kilometers. Yet other witnesses are saying that when the truck passed them they saw that he was unconcious.

Apparently the police aren't commenting.
post #2 of 13
A person can indeed go into diabetic shock and lose control of theirself and whatever they are doing at the time. I had a friend who's father had diabetes and she knew how to drive from the time she was 13 just in case her dad were to go into diabetic shock in the car and she had to grab the wheel.
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A person can indeed go into diabetic shock and lose control of theirself and whatever they are doing at the time. I had a friend who's father had diabetes and she knew how to drive from the time she was 13 just in case her dad were to go into diabetic shock in the car and she had to grab the wheel.
I know about Diabetic Shock.

However, this driver managed to drive his truck more than 24 mile on a highway in the wrong direction.

They are still investigating.
post #4 of 13
Whether it was or not... he should have his license revoked. If his diabetes is that out of control there are state restrictions on what class of license he can get, if any.
I know in this state (Oklahoma) you have to prove you've not lost consciousness for at least six months and that your condition is being followed and treated by a doctor.
(I checked recently because if my doctor wanted he may be able to get mine pulled )
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Whether it was or not... he should have his license revoked. If his diabetes is that out of control there are state restrictions on what class of license he can get, if any.
I know in this state (Oklahoma) you have to prove you've not lost consciousness for at least six months and that your condition is being followed and treated by a doctor.
(I checked recently because if my doctor wanted he may be able to get mine pulled )
He died in the crash.
post #6 of 13
I don't think it is fair to call it a "suicide run" until the police have completed their investigation.
post #7 of 13
They showed that on the News last night. Someone recorded it on their Cell Phone. It was terrible and Diabetis can cause that to happen.
post #8 of 13
I have diabetes and at times have had very high readings. Without insulin the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs. At that point mental confusion is a given. That could explain why the man entered the freeway at an exit point instead of a entrance.

At the same time, too much insulin can also cause mental confusion and death. Either way this is tragic.
post #9 of 13
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I don't think it is fair to call it a "suicide run" until the police have completed their investigation.
That's how it was being headlined here on the news.
post #10 of 13
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That's how it was being headlined here on the news.
Then your local media needs to gain some journalistic integrity. Instead of treating this story with sensationalism, perhaps they should simply report the facts as they know them, not as they think it might be.
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They showed that on the News last night. Someone recorded it on their Cell Phone. It was terrible and Diabetis can cause that to happen.
I saw that too. How horrible, and it's really lucky no other cars or trucks were involved in the accident.
post #12 of 13
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His Diabetes has been ruled out as the cause of the crash

http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Cana...91441-sun.html

I'm not surprised because you don't drive 39 kilometers in a straight line while unconscious.
post #13 of 13
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His Diabetes has been ruled out as the cause of the crash

http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Cana...91441-sun.html

I'm not surprised because you don't drive 39 kilometers in a straight line while unconscious.
"preliminary tests suggest."

To me, that is not an official coroner ruling.

Having had my family fall victim to incorrect reporting the news media, even when they had all the facts in front of them, I just can't put faith in something just because it is printed by a news outlet.

I feel terrible for this man's family.
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