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Update: Seizure may have caused driver to crash into Provo condo

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-23 14:57:03-04

PROVO, Utah - Officials said a seizure may have caused a driver to crash into a Provo condo Monday morning.

Authorities said no one was seriously injured in the accident near 900 E. and Center St.

According to Provo Police, no one was in the living room of the condo when the crash happened but residents were home.

Lt. Matt Siufanua of the Provo Police Department described the crash.

“She veered to the right, hit a pole that had a telephone line on it, she then came into oncoming traffic heading southbound on 900 east, veered a sharp right into these condos,” he said.

Siufanua said the driver, identified by officials as Julie Cox, had a seizure while she was driving to work. The woman's daughter, Kelsey Cox, said her mother has managed the condition for about 20 years and can usually anticipate when an episode is coming.

“Usually when she feels like she’s going to have a seizure she needs to take a Valium and lay down, go to sleep, unfortunately this morning woke up and decided to go to work and it wasn’t the best decision,” Kelsey Cox said.

Julie Cox was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the crash. There were no other injuries reported.

Resident Russel McDonald was present when the crash occurred, and he spoke about the moment of impact.

“Then I heard this loud bang," he said. "Like a dump truck had thrown the dumpster up against the side of our house, like a huge bang happened right."

Police officials said they are checking the validity of the woman's driver's license. They said if the license is valid, it could be reevaluated based on her medical condition and this crash.