Driver’s Whole30 diet was factor in deadly crash, lawsuit claims


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By Dennis Romero

The estate of a woman fatally struck by a dieting driver in an Oregon grocery store parking lot is suing the motorist for alleged negligence and citing his Whole30 diet as a factor in the accident.

The $3.5 million wrongful-death suit was filed in state court Thursday on behalf of the estate of 68-year-old Susan Matthies, who was killed Sept. 21, 2017, outside a Safeway in Dallas, Oregon. The legal claim was reported by the Oregonian newspaper.

He did not face criminal charges in the accident, according to the newspaper.

The lawsuit alleges that driver Robert Morgan “was on a ‘Whole 30’ diet at the time and had not eaten breakfast or lunch. … Defendant Morgan continued to drive his vehicle home while feeling nauseous and lightheaded.”

Participants in Whole30 avoid processed foods, grains, legumes, soy, dairy, sugar and alcohol for 30 days.

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