New criminal charges against a Minnesota man indicate that he purposely hid his history of seizures so he could continue driving, which ultimately led to the death of three people.
New York Post reports that Patrick Hayes, 35, of Savage, is charged with criminal vehicular homicide after allegedly crashing head-on while on I-494 in Bloomington after driving the wrong way down the interstate. The crash killed a 2-year-old boy, Payton Bailey, and his mother Dylan Bailey, 24. Payton’s grandmother, Dawn Chiodo, was also killed, and several others were seriously injured.
Court documents indicate that Hayes had “a history of epileptic seizures” and required medication, two things he failed to list on his driver’s license application. A criminal complaint read that Hayes was given medication for seizures shortly after the crash.
“Mr. Hayes didn’t take care of his medical emergency the way he should have and unfortunately two families have been significantly damaged because of his actions,” said Attorney Greg Walsh, who represents the victims who survived the accident, Olivia Nord and her mother, Jennifer Nord.
Hayes now faces five counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
This isn’t the first time Hayes has caused a serious car crash. Last year, he caused an 11-car collision, and in 2015, he ran away from police after crashing into another vehicle.
If convicted, Hayes faces up to 40 years in prison.
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