Diabetic Driver Who Fatally Hit Girl Had Previous Accident


"You would have to measure the driver's blood glucose level at the time of the accident," he said. "If you wait until after the accident, when the driver regains consciousness, their blood glucose level would have already returned to normal."

But Stork still insisted that diabetics take proper precautions.

"People with diabetes should always check their blood glucose levels before driving," Stork said. "And they should continue to check their levels every four hours while driving.

"And they should never drive in between taking their insulin injections and meals," Stork added.

"It is so important to be responsible if you are living with diabetes," said Duffy, who has a daughter with diabetes. "What makes Kylie's death so tragic is that it could have been avoided. It was senseless. My daughter always checks her blood sugar and carries glucose tablets with her."

According to Stork, while diabetics are at a higher risk than non-diabetics of getting into a car accident, the risk is still limited.

"The research is inconclusive, but we do know that there is a slightly higher risk with diabetics than non-diabetics," Stork said. "But to put this in context, the risks of new drivers or elderly drivers getting into a car accident is much, much higher."

Nevertheless, states do have laws regulating diabetic drivers who have had episodes of losing consciousness while driving.

Oregon requires people with diabetes to disclose "whether he or she has had a loss of consciousness or physical control, or had his or her ability to drive impaired, within the last two years," on their driver's license application, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Oregon also requires health care providers to "report individuals with functional or cognitive impairments that are so severe and uncontrollable that they are unable to safely operate a motor vehicle."

Duffy believes drivers with diabetes should be subject to the same rules as drivers with impaired vision.

"My driver's license says that I have to wear corrective lenses, so I always wear my glasses. In terms of responsibility, I do not see a difference between that and diabetes," she said.

"It's about spreading awareness," Duffy added. "Diabetics need to know they are responsible for checking their blood sugar before they get into a car."

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