Entries in Car Accident (4)


Marco Rubio Leaves Stump After Daughter Is Injured in Car Crash

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LAKEWOOD CREST, Fla.) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio returned home to Miami Saturday in the middle of a campaign swing with Mitt Romney after he learned his daughter had been in a car accident.

Amanda Rubio, 12, the senator’s eldest daughter, was injured Saturday when a golf cart she was riding in as a passenger in a private gated community got into a collision, Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant said. The accident occurred while she was visiting with classmates, he said.

She was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital, where she was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with a head injury. She was listed in fair condition.

“Senator and Mrs. Rubio are grateful for all the outpouring of support and prayers,” Conant said.

“The Rubios are touched and grateful for calls from President Obama and Vice President Biden, and Governor Romney’s personal message earlier today,” Conant said.

Rubio, who has four children, was notified of the accident after coming off stage at a campaign event with Romney in Kissimmee, Fla., Conant said.

About an hour after leaving the event aboard Romney’s campaign plane, the Romney motorcade pulled over on Interstate-4 and Rubio climbed out and into a waiting state police car, which sped off to take him home to Miami. Before climbing in, reporters saw Rubio placing a series of phone calls and talking to staffers and United States Secret Service agents.

An aide later said that Rubio had driven with the motorcade to get closer to an airport in Tampa where a flight had already been arranged to take him home to Miami and it was determined that it was still the fastest route to get him there.

On the drive, traveling press secretary Rick Gorka said that Romney “offered his condolences, like any nervous father, and offered his thoughts and prayers” while Rubio made calls to his family members.

Earlier in the day, Rubio had introduced Romney at two separate Florida rallies and had been scheduled to do the same Saturday evening at an event outside Tampa.

On Sunday, Rubio's spokesman Alex Conant issued the following statement: "Amanda Rubio remains in fair condition at the Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children's Hospital. Her longterm prognosis is favorable. The family is grateful for all the messages of support and the prayers said for their daughter."

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Wife of Ex-Rep. Lee Hamilton Killed

Comstock/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- Nancy Hamilton, wife of former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana, died after sustaining injuries in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton, 82, who had been taking a pet to the veterinarian, was hit by her car as she got her pet out of the vehicle. According to Bloomington, Ind., Police Captain Joe Qualters, when Hamilton pulled into the parking lot of the clinic, she failed to put the vehicle into park.

“The vehicle rolled back on her, knocked her down and then rolled over her,” Qualters said. Hamilton was treated at IU-Bloomington hospital and died hours after the accident.

Lee Hamilton currently serves as director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, according to his bio. He began work with the Center after retiring from over 30 years in the House, and since his departure from Washington has also served as the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission and as co-chairman of both the Iraq Study Group and the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future.

The Hamiltons have three children and five grandchildren.

A representative from the Center on Congress declined to comment when reached by phone.

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US Commerce Secretary John Bryson Taking Medical Leave of Absence

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence after a bizarre series of car accidents over the weekend in Los Angeles left him unconscious behind the wheel, and he was cited by police for leaving the scene of an accident -- a felony offense.

Bryson has not been charged and he passed a breathalyzer Saturday night.

"I notified President Obama this evening that effective immediately I am taking a medical leave of absence so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend," Bryson wrote in a memo to Deputy Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank, who will take over for the time being.

A statement from the Commerce Department earlier Monday suggested that Bryson had some sort of seizure.  He was treated overnight Saturday and released on Sunday.

By Monday evening he had stepped down from his post for a medical leave.  It is not clear if the hiatus will be permanent.

"Secretary Bryson informed the White House tonight that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from his position as Commerce Secretary as he undergoes tests and evaluations," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a statement.  "The President's thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time.  Secretary Bryson assured the White House that the Commerce Department staff will not miss a beat in their work helping America's businesses compete."

Bryson was allegedly driving his Lexus traveling southbound on San Gabriel Boulevard at 5:05 p.m. Pacific Time when he rear-ended a Buick that had stopped and was waiting for a train to pass, authorities said.

Bryson got out of his car, spoke to the three males in the Buick, "then left the scene, hitting the same car as he left the scene," read a joint statement from the San Gabriel Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  "The three males followed him in their car while calling San Gabriel Police officers via 911 and asking for assistance."

In yet another bizarre twist to the story, about five minutes later, Bryson allegedly hit a Honda Accord containing a man and woman in the city of Rosemead and "was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle."

The law enforcement statement said that two of the three men in the Buick and one of the occupants of the Honda complained of pain as a result of the collisions.  The men in the Buick were treated by paramedics.  The statement said that the investigation was in its preliminary stages and "there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions."

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Obama Hopes Bryson Is ‘Doing All Right’ After Seizure and Car Accidents

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said Monday that he hopes Commerce Secretary John Bryson is “doing all right” after he suffered a seizure and hit two cars in Los Angeles over the weekend.

“I just found out about this today and my hope is that he’s doing all right,” Obama told NBC News television affiliate KTIV. The president said he has not spoken with Bryson directly.

“We’re still trying to find out, it sounds like it was health related in some way. But we’re going to make sure that obviously he gets the best care,” Obama said.

Bryson is suspected of felony hit and run in connection with the incident that took place on Saturday evening. Bryson allegedly hit two cars three times, and was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus.

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