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Driver loses consciousness, crashes into local business
This Toyota Yaris, driven by John Grosskopf of San Antonio, is badly damaged after crashing into the side of Atlas Automotive on U.S. 181 north of Floresville during the late evening Oct. 26.
FLORESVILLE -- Low blood sugar may have contributed to a dramatic crash on U.S. 181 Oct. 26 north of Floresville.
A San Antonio man was transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville Friday night with non-life-threatening injuries after his vehicle crashed into the side of the Atlas Automotive building just off U.S. 181 near F.M. 775.
The driver of the Toyota Yaris, identified as 46-year-old John Grosskopf of San Antonio, was traveling northbound on U.S. 181 when he lost consciousness and veered into the southbound lane.
Grosskopf’s vehicle crossed the southbound lane, traveled through the median and three fences, and finally came to a halt after crashing into the side of the Atlas Automotive building which serves as a residence.
Trooper Scott Jendrzey of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol said Grosskopf is a diabetic and a low blood-sugar level may be to blame for his loss of consciousness. Grosskopf was transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville by Wilson County EMS for observation.
Nathan Fowler, who rents the residence struck by Grosskopf’s vehicle, said his headboard was right where the vehicle hit the building.
“I had just gotten in from work,” Fowler said. “Normally, I would be in bed ... but I got home a little late. If I had been just 30 minutes earlier, I probably wouldn’t be here.”
According to Katie Etringer with Connally Memorial Medical Center, Grosskopf was treated and released.
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