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Police: Diabetic Driver Dies in Truck-Tree Collision

The driver of a pickup truck that hit a tree off of Route 108 in Gaithersburg early Sunday morning died at the scene of the collision.

The driver of a truck that hit a tree on Route 108 in Gaithersburg early Sunday morning, March 24, died at the scene of the single-vehicle collision, according to a Montgomery County Police Department news statement.

The gray pickup truck, which police said was being driven erratically, had been spotted by an off-duty police officer at around 1 a.m. Sunday. On-duty police placed a lookout for the truck, and an on-duty officer spotted it at the intersection of Route 108 and Hawkins Creamery Road, according to a release.

Before police could get the driver of the truck to stop, the truck left the eastbound lane of Route 108 and struck a tree, police reported.

The driver—Jose Antonio Ayala, 49, of Fullview Court, Gaithersburg—was diabetic and dependent on insulin, family members told the police. His family last saw him at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, when he left the house for groceries, police reported. 

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Read more on the Montgomery County Police Department's website.

G3 March 31, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Is this news of the weird? What does diabetes have to do with driving seven hours from your home in Gaithersburg to a grocery in Gaithersburg?

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