Thursday, November 16, 2000
Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man suffering from a medical condition nearly drove his sport utility vehicle into the Yampa River after driving off the road Wednesday.
At about 5 p.m., Steamboat Springs police responded when Bruce Lee had what police thought was a seizer while going eastbound on U.S. 40.
Lee drove his Nissan Xterra off U.S. 40, on the west side of the Mount Werner Road overpass, onto River Road, then up the eastbound U.S. 40 entry ramp, then veered right toward the Yampa River. The vehicle came to a rest in a marsh-like area near the shores of the river, Steamboat Springs Police Officer Jerry Stahile said.
When the ambulance got to Lee, he was conscious but disoriented, Stahile said.
"It was a medical condition we think," he said. "Some sort of a seizure."
Stahile wasn't certain if Lee was conscious when he first went off the road. Either way, he said Lee's foot would have had to be pressing the gas pedal to make the approximately 100-yard trek.
Lee was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance where he was treated.
Hospital officials couldn't comment on his condition.
Stahile said paramedics treated Lee for the medical condition. He wasn't hurt from driving off the road.
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