- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An epileptic man charged with striking and killing a Naval Station Newport police detective with his truck was portrayed by his lawyer Tuesday as a responsible man taking medication for his disorder. But a prosecutor told jurors on the first day of the man’s federal trial that he had ignored multiple warnings from his doctor not to drive.

“This is a case about choices and consequences,” prosecutor Stephen Dambruch told the jury.

Dambruch said Alan Bradley, of Newport, was repeatedly warned by his doctor before the 2013 crash not to drive because of his epilepsy, but he continued to do so, even after a 2011 accident that Bradley told police may have been caused by a seizure.

Defense lawyer Terence Livingston said Bradley, who was a civilian Navy employee for 30 years, had a valid driver’s license, was not prohibited from driving and was taking medication for his condition.

“He was doing whatever he cold to mitigate having problems,” Livingston said. “The doctor never sent a letter to the Navy. Nobody ever notified the DMV or suspended his license, even after the 2011 accident.”

Bradley has pleaded not guilty to operating a motor vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others, resulting in death.

Bradley was driving a government pickup Sept. 26, 2013, when he struck Frank Lema, according to authorities. Lema, also a civilian, was standing outside of a building on Naval Station Newport.

Dambruch told jurors prosecutors would play video footage showing Bradley’s truck come to a stop just before accelerating forward and striking Lema, who was thrown into the air and landed 50 feet away. Bradley later told police he thought he’d had a seizure, but had no memory of hitting Lema, Dambruch said.

The 2011 accident in Middletown should have been a “wake-up call” for Bradley, whose young son was in the car at the time, Dambruch said.

And Bradley lied to his doctor about not driving up until a few months before the fatal accident, at which point his doctor “administered a strong warning not to drive,” Dambruch said.

Livingston said Bradley “apparently had a seizure” and had no recollection of hitting Lema, saying the incident was a “tragic accident.”

Livingston told the jurors that Bradley’s job required him to drive for about 15 to 20 minutes a day and the maximum speed limit on the base was 25 miles per hour. Bradley got a ride to and from work, but he had a valid driver’s license and was never prohibited from driving, Livingston said.

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