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Mayor Fung discusses fatal accident

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Nicole Gerber

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CRANSTON - Cranston Mayor Allan Fung called a press conference today to release details of a fatal car accident he caused when he was 18 years old.

He says he lost consciousness when he was driving on I-95 near the Route 10 intersection, crossing over three lanes of traffic, and striking and killing 41 year old James Skipper Jr. of Pawtucket.

Today's meeting was emotional. Fung had to walk out at one point to collect himself.

"It's definitely difficult for me to talk about this issue not only for myself but also for the victim's family, I didn't want to dredge up old memories," he said.

Fung decided to make the details of the accident public ahead of his run for governor. He says, he wanted the information to come from his mouth... a move that may lessen the political ramifications to his campaign.

"The public tends to accept politicians who take responsibility for having done something wrong, providing they're the ones to bring it up," said Professor and RIC Political Analyst Kay Israel.

Those who know him best say this is something Fung lives with every day.

"I know he's been carrying it with him for a long time and really, just think about the victim's family and about Allan because its certainly a tragedy for everyone, and this is something that he will carry with him forever I know," said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

"This is a part of me, a part of who I am, part of also why I've dedicated myself to helping people and being in public service," said Fung.

Fung had disclosed details of the accident to the RI Bar and in previous interviews.

At one point he was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, but there's no way to know if that was directly related to the accident.

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