Man who crashed into officer during diabetic episode faces felony

EVERETT — A Lynnwood man who suffered a diabetic episode and crashed into a deputy last year is now charged with a felony.

Prosecutors allege that Jason Buckingham was mismanaging his diabetes and shouldn’t have been behind the wheel June 13, 2013. Witnesses say Buckingham lost control of his car, veered across several lanes of Evergreen Way and smashed head-on into a sheriff’s deputy on a motorcycle.

Deputy Bill Dawson was thrown from his bike and suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and organ damage.

He spent more than three months in a wheelchair. Dawson has since returned to work, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Prosecutors allege that Buckingham, 34, disregarded the safety of others when he drove that day. He is charged with vehicular assault and is scheduled to answer to the charge later this month in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Buckingham told detectives that he has been diabetic since he was 8.

In the weeks leading up to the crash medics were summoned to his home several times. Each time, the paramedics determined that his blood sugar was too low.

His medical records showed that Buckingham wasn’t regularly checking his blood sugar, court papers said.

Buckingham reportedly told detectives that he didn’t remember the crash. He said he must have had a diabetic episode, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow wrote. Witnesses said Buckingham appeared disoriented.

Paramedics at the scene of the crash determined that Buckingham’s blood sugar was extremely low.

Buckingham’s license was suspended at the time of the crash, Darrow wrote. He caused a head-on crash in 2010 in Mukilteo. He collapsed as he walked toward the other vehicle and told officers that he thought his blood sugar was too low.

His driver’s license was suspended after the crash because he didn’t have insurance, Darrow wrote. His license wasn’t reinstated, he added.

He was cited again in 2012 with driving with a suspended license.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Food stuffs for a local chapter of A Simple Gesture at Fitness Evolution, the communal pick-up point, in Arlington on Jan. 12. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
There’s an easier way to donate to food banks

Grab a green bag, fill it gradually with grocery items — and someone will pick it up from your home.

Lake Stevens man shot by deputies reportedly was suicidal

The fatal shooting is the latest incident where someone apparently wanted police to fire.

Man suspected of robbing Rite Aids

Mill Creek police released a sketch Monday evening of the suspect.

Suspect: Marysville church fire ignited by burning shoelaces

The 21-year-old told police it was an accident, but he’s under investigation for second-degree arson.

Police seek witnesses to Marysville hit-and-run

A Seattle man suffered broken bones in the accident.

Bank robbed near Martha Lake

It happened around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor, others break ground on low-barrier housing in Everett

Somers: The complex is expected to save lives and “really shows the heart of this community.”

Former Everett councilman also sued his employer, the county

Ron Gipson says he suffered racial discrimination related to an investigation into sexual harassment.

Teen charged with murder in shooting over car

A Lynnwood teen has been charged with second-degree murder for… Continue reading

Most Read