Reporter: James Gherardi l Videographer: Levi Washburn
Lynchburg, VA - Family and friends are talking about the man who sent himself and six others to the hospital after a terrible car accident in Lynchburg Sunday.
Milton Brown, 75, was driving home with his grandson when his car crossed over the yellow lines into oncoming traffic on Boonsboro Road.
He's a pastor and was a missionary for 45 years. Friends say he takes medication for a heart condition. And while they're not sure what caused the wreck, they believe that could definitely have played a part.
"My son was in the car, Logan, he's 16 years old. They had been to church, here, where my father in law had preached yesterday, and they had gone to eat at a restaurant, and they were on their way back home," said Samuel Smith, Brown's son-in-law.
Then, something went terribly wrong with Milton Brown.
"Some cracked, broken ribs, a punctured lung, I think some cracks in his ankles," said Smith of his father-in-law.
The 75-year-old collided with a family of five in their minivan.
"It was devastating to find out. And I went to the ER real quick and it was not easy to see what I saw," said Brown's Pastor Josef Shalev.
Brown is the assistant pastor at Faith Alliance Church. He was a missionary in Ecuador with his late wife Pat. On Sundays, he was the face of the church.
"He was the youth pastor also; he was everything almost in our church," said Shalev.
Now in critical condition, family and friends think they know what caused this catastrophe.
"He had a few strokes in the last few months, a few mini strokes. And he's on medication for that," said Shalev. "He's had some heart problems. He's had some arrhythmia problems with his heart, palpitation issues, mini strokes. Could have been something like that. It's hard for me to speculate, I just don't know," said Smith.
Brown's grandson was released from the hospital and is said to be doing okay.