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Praisner in Intensive Care Following Accident

Montgomery County Council President Marilyn Praisner, 65, is in intensive care at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital, after she sustained injuries in a car accident this morning near her Burtonsville home, said council spokesman Neil Greenberger.

She is the second council member in recent weeks to be injured in a car accident. George Leventhal (D-At large) is recovering from an accident in which his car collided with a deer on the Beltway.

Police reports said that Praisner was involved in a fender bender with another car around 9 a.m. this morning near the 2800 block of Spencerville Road, and told police she would proceed to a scheduled meeting. About 15 minutes later, police were called to a one-car accident on Briggs Chaney Road. The car which Praisner was driving left the road, clipped a tree and turned on its side. The accident's cause is unclear, Greenberger said.

She was transported to Suburban with non-life-threatening injuries, according to fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

Praisner is the longest serving woman ever on the Montgomery County Council. She recently shepherded through a new growth policy for the county and is about to step aside next month at the conclusion of her one-year term as council president.

Elected to her fifth term last year, Praisner served as Council president in 1993 and 1997 and as vice president in 1992, 1996 and 2006. Praisner chairs the Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, which handles issues affecting growth and development, and also sits on the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee, which she formerly chaired. Praisner is active in several national government associations.

By Miranda Spivack  |  November 16, 2007; 12:56 PM ET
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