- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2014

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was released from a hospital Sunday after a wrong-way car crash Saturday night in which he drove a vehicle into an oncoming lane of traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast.

Mr. Barry’s spokeswoman, LaToya Foster, said the 78-year-old former mayor, now a D.C. Council member representing Ward 8, “had a hypoglycemic attack, became disoriented and had a minor fender bender.”

Ms. Foster said both the diabetic former mayor and his passenger, whom she did not identify, were checked out for injuries.

“He’s OK,” she said of Mr. Barry.

Police sources said Mr. Barry crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit an oncoming car in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast a little after 9 p.m.

D.C. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the driver of the other car complained of injuries, but she did not have any details on the condition of that person or whether the driver was taken to a hospital.

It was unclear how fast the vehicles were traveling when they collided.

Ms. Crump said the cause of the crash was being investigated. Police said Mr. Barry was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, expired tags and not having insurance.

Mr. Barry tweeted late Saturday that he was “fine.” He followed that with tweets Sunday saying he had been released from the hospital and was resting.

“Last night my blood sugar level dropped, which caused me to become disoriented and, as a result, I was involved in a very minor fender bender,” Mr. Barry said on Twitter.

Mr. Barry, who has said he has been a diabetic for two decades, has had a number of health-related issues in recent years.

In April 2013 he spent a night in a hospital after his blood sugar dipped too low.

In 2009 he was hospitalized for complications related to his kidney transplant and later for dehydration and a mild blood infection. In January 2012 he underwent surgery on his urinary tract and, five months later, was treated for a blood clot in his leg while on the way to a convention in Las Vegas.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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