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Epileptic guilty of manslaughter in auto deaths

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A man who crashed his van during an epileptic seizure, killing a woman and her daughter, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutor Steven Vitale argued that Jesse Bridgewater, 51, failed to take his prescribed anti-seizure medication before the June 21, 1997, accident."The testimony from the pharmacist was that (Bridgewater) was horribly noncompliant with filling his prescriptions," Vitale said Wednesday. Bridgewater faces up to 10 years in prison.

"No one wins in this case," said his lawyer, Jerome Sabbota. "There's a dead mother, a dead child and a crippled child. This guy never tried to hurt anybody."

Bridgewater's van smashed into a car, killing Montoi Floyd, 25, her 7-year-old daughter, Mink Smith, and seriously injuring her 6-month-old daughter, Meia Knight.