CHP investigators are looking into the possibility that a diabetic coma or blackout might have caused a Paso Robles man to drive erratically, lose control of his truck and cause a fiery crash that killed two people Monday night in San Jose.
John Robert Mayfield 51, was seen driving erratically for nine miles on Interstates 680 and 280 before exiting on 11th Street at around 8:30 p.m. He drove his white Ford F-150 at high speed off the ramp and onto an embankment. The truck smashed into three cars that were stopped side by side at a traffic signal on the one-way street, causing a fiery crash that killed Robert Conway and Mary Bernstein (both 20) and sent 10 more people to the hospital.
As Bernstein’s family struggles to deal with the death of their eldest daughter, they have taken the extraordinary step of asking for contributions in their daughter’s name to be sent to any diabetes organization.
The DMV does not track how many accidents are caused annually by diabetic drivers experiencing blood-sugar problems. The office revokes very few licenses of diabetics for medical reasons each year.