Wrong-way driver blames brain injuries for head-on crash

DENVER -- Nick Rader is the driver who admits to driving head on into traffic on Interstate 225 in Denver's Tech Center in February.

But he says he can't explain why.

Doctors say Rader is suffering from several concussions, similar to those suffered by NFL players.

He said the injuries have caused him and his family great pain. He said he has no clue as to what caused him to drive head on into traffic.

Rader said he remembers nothing about the wrong-way crash in February. He hit five cars and injured three people.

Rader said he was sorry for causing the wreck which also left him seriously hurt. He blames brain injuries from his teenage days riding bulls.

Rader said it was only later in life that he began to suffer seizures because of concussions.

He began to experience uncontrollable rage, mood swings and memory loss.

Rader hoped his story will help others understand the ramifications of concussions in sports such as bull riding and football.

"It’s not worth it," he said. "I know its fun and I know its part of life. Friday night lights. And to me it’s not worth it."

Rader has remained extremely private about his condition -- until now.

"I don’t want some other guy to go through what I’m going through and be heartbroken along with all the other health issues he has … it’s not fair," he said.

Rader knows he’s got a tough road ahead. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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