A driver who collided with two vehicles and was handcuffed by officers died Wednesday after experiencing what the Tampa Police Department called an apparent “diabetic incident.”
The incident began about 4:35 p.m. when officers received reports of a reckless driver swerving across lanes, driving onto the sidewalk and running a stop sign on Central Avenue, police said. The driver swerved in front of oncoming cars, hitting two of them, as an officer arrived at the scene. No one was injured.
According to police, the driver became combative with the officer, who then called for help. A second officer helped handcuff the driver.
“Based on the driver’s behavior, the officers became concerned that he may be suffering a diabetic incident,” the department said in a statement.
The driver stopped breathing and the officers released his cuffs to perform CPR, police said. Tampa Fire Rescue revived the driver and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he later died. The man suffered from severe hypoglycemia, police said, citing initial medial reports.
The man has a history of diabetic incidents, police said, and pointed out that Tampa Fire Rescue has responded to his home twice this year related to the incidents.