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Deadly Orange County Accident – Low Blood Sugar To Blame?


Posted on Jan 27, 2010

Most car accidents in North Carolina are caused by reckless behavior – drinking and driving, speeding, or ignoring the rules of the road. However, a minority of car accident cases take place when the driver of a vehicle suffers a medical emergency that renders them unable to safely control their vehicle. This may have been the case in Orange County, North Carolina this weekend.

North Carolina State troopers say that 19-year-old Ashley Ann Terry was driving down I-85 near the intersection of I-40 in Efland when she ran off of the road and into a tree. The NC car accident took place on Saturday evening at around 10 pm. Although she was wearing a seat belt, Terry died from her car accident injuries at the scene of the crime, which took place near an interstate weigh station. North Carolina state Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Melvin said that her car struck several trees and rolled over.

While NC police say that speed and alcohol were not factors in the case, they don’t know what could have caused the young woman to veer off of the road and into a tree without applying the brakes. Police did mention that Terry could have been suffering from low blood sugar, a condition that can cause dizziness, fainting, confusion, and fatigue. The fact that she did not brake when veering out of her lane suggests that she was not conscious at the time of the North Carolina car accident.

Those who suffer from chronic medical problems that could cause them to lose control of their car (such as seizures) should not drive. However, some people may suffer from an unpredictable medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, while behind the wheel.

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