D.C. Wire Video: Mayor Returns to Work After Bike Accident
The first thing that was different was the car. Mayor Fenty ditched the tiny Smart Car he's been using recently in favor of the black SUV, chauffered by his security detail. That was a tip that Fenty, though he returned to work today, nearly a week after suffering a serious bike accident, wasn't feeling his usual self -- perhaps not well enough to drive.
The mayor was appearing in Southeast to announce new funding that will keep D.C.'s libraries open, but many eyes wondered how he'd look in his first public appearance since the accident last Tuesday. Save for a couple of dime-size scabs on his lip and chin, the mayor looked okay. He was walking slowly, thanks to the protective boot on his left foot that he first got after suffereing a fracture while playing pickup football July 4.
What soon became apparent, though, was that the mayor was suffering pain in his hands and arms, on which he fell after losing control of his racing bike near the Whitehurst Freeway. As he shook hands with D.C. Library Board Chairman John Hill, Fenty cautioned Hill to go easy on his grip. Fenty said the same to others as he toured the library. "I have a bum hand, so don't squeeze hard," he told one man.
The mayor said he'll be off the bike for at least six weeks as he heals. He said he's not sure whether he will be fit enough to compete in the Nation's Triathlon on Sept. 14.
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