Secretary of Commerce John Bryson resigned Thursday, less than two weeks after being found unconscious in his car after crashing into a vehicle moments after fleeing the scene of a previous wreck.
Bryson’s office blamed his dangerous behavior on seizures, and he has been on medical leave since June 11.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Bryson said he “concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department.”
Bryson also expressed support and confidence in his successor, Dr. Rebecca Blank.
Obama echoed Bryson’s confidence in Blank and thanked Bryson for his service. “John fought tirelessly for our nation’s businesses and workers,” Obama said in a statement.
The Department of Commerce had no immediate comment on the resignation.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told The Washington Post that a decision on whether or not to file felony hit and run charges against Bryson will not be made until police complete an investigation.