Man Dies After Crashing Car at Gas Station in Columbus, Georgia
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on April 9, according to reports from the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office, 58-year-old Stanley L. Garner crashed his car in the Cross County Plaza shopping center on Macon Road in Columbus. Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said Garner was leaving the Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet at the time, when he went into cardiac arrest and crashed his vehicle into a dumpster enclosure at the Chevron gas station.
Police responded to the scene, and Garner was transported to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was tragically pronounced dead at approximately 8:30 p.m. that day. The Coroner’s Office said no autopsy will be performed, as Garner’s death has been ruled natural.
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report entitled “The Contribution of Medical Conditions to Passenger Vehicle Crashes.” The report analyzed U.S. data from crashes that occurred between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. during a six-month period to determine how many crashes had been precipitated by medical emergencies or other medical conditions while driving.
The Administration’s analysis showed that crashes caused by medical emergencies or medical conditions were “relatively rare” and accounted for only 1.3 percent of the vehicle collisions during the studied time period. The report indicates that older drivers tended to be involved in more accidents precipitated by medical emergencies, and 84 percent of these types of accidents were related to seizures, blackouts, or diabetic reactions.
More often than not — approximately 62 percent of the time, according to the report — crashes caused by medical emergencies involve only one vehicle with no occupants other than the driver.
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