Man claims epileptic seizure led to cyclist's death

Man claims epileptic seizure led to cyclist's death

Taylor Carroll Taylor Carroll

August 15, 2006

Good Morning Tennessee Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) -- During his first court appearance, the man police charged with killing a bicyclist on Highway 321 last week said his epilepsy is to blame.

Police say 46-year-old Taylor Carroll was trying to pass a tractor trailer on the shoulder of the highway when he hit and killed 48-year-old Jeffrey Roth.

Carroll's attorney says his client apparently had a seizure that day. "Mr. Carroll was terribly distraught when he hit Mr. Roth and he does not remember the chain of events leading up to the crash."

Carroll says he was taken from the scene to Blount County Memorial by ambulance minutes after Roth was hit.

He also told his attorney he has a long history of epileptic seizures and a letter from his doctor that clears him to drive a car.

Carroll is out of jail on a $75,000 bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for September 27.

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