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Driver in downtown wreck opens up about having seizure while behind the wheel

Juan Venegas Juan Venegas
the accident took place Tuesday, May 11th in downtown Lufkin the accident took place Tuesday, May 11th in downtown Lufkin
Cecilia Stark has never met the man behind the wheel, but is glad to see he's okay Cecilia Stark has never met the man behind the wheel, but is glad to see he's okay

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Mangled metal and crushed cars. This was the scene in downtown Lufkin last Tuesday, when a driver crashed into four parked cars and a radio station tower.

Thursday evening, 28-year old Juan Venegas is recovering from his injuries.

Still, more than a week later, many want to know what caused this downtown disaster.

Venegas is speaking-out, wanting to clear up rumors that it was intentional.

He tells KTRE, he recalls being downtown, driving to pick up his son. That's when he says he started to feel dizzy.

"I leaned back because I was getting real hot and when I leaned back after that, I don't  remember anything."

Doctors later told him he had a seizure, causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

Venegas says it wasn't until he woke up, that he realized what happened. He crashed into four parked cars and into the side of a building.

"I was so scared because I couldn't even remember my name or anything."

While his family vehicle is totaled, he says he's just glad no one else was hurt.

"What scares me the most is I could have killed somebody or hurt somebody."

It's the first time Venegas says he's had a seizure.

"By the grace of God I'm still alive."

He wants people to understand he's truly sorry for what happened, but says this was completely out of his control.

"There's people that drive and text, that's a choice they make, to drink and drive, that's a choice they make. Mine wasn't a choice."

Venegas took us to the site of his crash-- the first time he been back since the accident. It was a surprise for business owners and employees who wondered what happened to the man behind the wheel.

"With all the destruction it was like a miracle that he made it," said Cecilia Stark who works at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsel. "We've been praying for him every single day."

They are prayers Venegas calls motivation, to move forward after this near-death experience.

Venegas says having a seizure has made him more aware, and now he tries to stay cool and keep hydrated to avoid a similar experience from happening again.

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