(VitalNews.org) – Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) began her political career in 2007 as a member of her state’s House of Representatives. At the beginning of 2012, she won a seat in the lower chamber of the US Congress to represent Oregon’s first district and has held the position ever since. However, a recent incident landed the seasoned politician and her husband in the hospital.
On January 13, Bonamici and her spouse were leaving an event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when a motorist struck the couple, knocking them to the ground. First responders quickly arrived at the scene to treat the Bonamicis and address the driver, who stayed on the scene. Fox12 Staff reported that officers didn’t issue a ticket to the motorist and found the accident was not alcohol or drug-related.
Democrat Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Is Recovering from Concussion After Being Struck by Car https://t.co/ow3gqQQjjl
— Harry (@harrytpk) January 16, 2023
According to a report from Oregon Live, an app that taps into the Oregon Department of Transportation’s database shows the area is home to some dangerous intersections. The app, BikeBetter, reportedly shows 20 crashes involving cyclists around Northwest Everett Street over the last 15 years, one of which occurred near the scene of the most recent collision.
The legislator’s Communications Director Natalie Crofts posted about the incident on Twitter the next day, stating Representative Bonamici suffered a concussion and a cut on her head. She also reported the lawmaker’s husband also had some minor injuries; both victims were released from the hospital and should make a full recovery.
She was treated for a concussion and laceration to her head. He was treated for minor injuries. She has been released from the hospital to recover at home.
— Natalie Crofts (@njcrofts) January 14, 2023
Crofts reported the congresswoman would miss a few events while convalescing at home. The motorist was making a slow turn; had she been moving more quickly, the situation could have ended very differently.
The Oregon lawmaker reached out on social media on the 15th, thanking everyone for their support. She also commended all the emergency personnel who swiftly helped her and her husband that day.
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