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State senator suffered a seizure at time of crash in Waterford

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Waterford police Chief Brett Mahoney provides new details about a crash involving state Sen. Andrew Maynard. (WFSB photo) Waterford police Chief Brett Mahoney provides new details about a crash involving state Sen. Andrew Maynard. (WFSB photo)
Sen. Andrew Maynard. (senatedems.ct.gov photo) Sen. Andrew Maynard. (senatedems.ct.gov photo)
WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Waterford revealed details of an investigation involving a car crash and an embattled state senator.

They determined that Democrat Andrew Maynard of Stonington suffered a seizure at the time the January crash. He was driving home from a legislative session in Hartford.

A news conference was held at Waterford police headquarters at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

"Senator Maynard's vehicle hit a jersey barrier then cross through the intersection into the northbound lanes of Route 32," said Chief Brett Mahoney, Waterford Police Department. "Senator Maynard's vehicle struck [a] second vehicle and hit a telephone pole guide wire which spun his car."

There were no reports of a smell of liquor from either vehicle, Mahoney said. 

Maynard was unconscious at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was not hurt.

Mahoney said three eyewitnesses reported seeing Maynard suffering from some sort of medical emergency beforehand.

They said medical records showed that he suffered a "break-through" seizure at the time of the crash.

"As the at fault party in this accident, Sen. Maynard suffered a medical issue that caused the accident," Mahoney said. "The Waterford Police Department will not be charging the senator."

However, his license was seized pending review from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Investigators have been looking into what led to the crash and whether it had an impact on Maynard’s abrupt decision to not seek reelection, which he announced last week.

Maynard has held onto his seat in the state senate despite suffering two brain injuries.

For the senator, officials said it began in July 2014 when he fell off a balcony at his home and landed on a concrete sidewalk. The result was his first head injury.

In Jan. 2016, investigators said he was involved in a serious crash that gave him a second head injury.

"Right now, that is the information we have, that vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction and there was a witness at the scene who also told us the same,” said Lt. David Burton, Waterford police.

Maynard said he does not remember what happened. Police said he was able to communicate verbally and with gestures, which took awhile due to his recovery.

"He did not recall any details of the accident," Mahoney said.

Last week, with no reason given, Maynard announced that he would not seek reelection after serving nearly 10 years in the legislature.

The announcement led to speculation about what led to the crash and if Maynard’s head injury was a factor.

“He had a severe concussion right on the forehead [and] he had a terrible abrasion probably from the air bag hitting him,” said Robert Reardon, Maynard’s attorney.

Police documents showed Maynard's attorney said the senator may have difficulty reading and writing.

Maynard's license was taken by police, and it is up to him to schedule a meeting with the DMV to get it back.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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