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Man Kills Family In Crash - Then Police Uncover His Secret

A man is facing charges stemming from a horrific highway crash. Last December on a highway in Bloomington, Patrick Hayes wound up driving the wrong way down the interstate, and he crashed head-on into another vehicle. The crash caused the death of three occupants of the other vehicle, and further investigation led to some surprising revelations about Hayes. As the New York Post shares, he neglected to disclose his history of epileptic seizures to state licensing officials.

Signs point to him having an episode at the time of the crash, which led to the death of 2-year-old Payton Bailey, his mother, Dylan Bailey, 24, and his grandmother, Dawn Chiodo, 51. The family was returning from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after picking up Olivia Nord, 19, who had just returned from US Marine boot camp in South Carolina, Nord survived the crash, as did her mother, 50-year-old Jennifer Nord. Olivia nearly died as a result of the crash as well. The criminal complaint points out that she survived “a life-threatening aortic injury from which most patients do not survive.”

Hayes is currently being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. It’s alleged that he concealed his medical condition on licensing applications, and that he has been involved in three other crashes over the past three years.

“Individuals are legally required 'to report an episode of loss of consciousness or [loss of] voluntary control' to the Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) when applying for a license or within 30 days of an episode while driving, according to Minnesota’s licensing regulations,” the Star Tribune reports. “A person with epilepsy or other conditions 'is able to have a driver’s license as long as they submit a physician statement clearing them to drive' to the DVS, Department of Public safety spokeswoman Megan Leonard said Wednesday.”

Witnesses and traffic video was used to pull together the pieces of the accident, as were discoveries made by first responders.

“At the scene, emergency responders gave Hayes medication for a seizure he was having. Questioned by law enforcement at the hospital that night, Hayes said he was under no medical or mental health care at the time and explained that he was driving on the wrong side of the interstate because he 'was lost ... not thinking,' the complaint read,” the Star Tribune continues. “Hayes’ ex-wife told officers that Hayes was on daily medication for his many years of suffering epileptic seizures, and 'he would do odd things' when stricken, the charging document continued. She recalled that once he jumped off a balcony during a seizure.”

The investigation would also reveal a disturbing number of crashes that all appear to stem from his condition.

“Investigators uncovered three other crashes involving Hayes in the past three years. On Aug. 17, 2016, in Bloomington, he caused an 11-vehicle crash. Witnesses described Hayes as 'out of it' immediately after the pileup, sitting behind the wheel and 'acting like he was driving down the road,' according to the charges,” the Star Tribune adds. “On March 17, 2015, in Savage, Hayes was driving 90 to 100 miles per hour and weaving through traffic until he hit another car and ran. Bystanders chased him down. On Aug. 26, 2014, in suburban Dallas, Hayes went through an intersection and hit a building 'because he suffered a seizure while driving,' the complaint read.”

Source: New York Post
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Star Tribune

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