Deeds in Minor Car Crash
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was involved a minor car accident Saturday evening in Louisa County that sent two passengers of a car he rear-ended to the hospital for minor medical attention.
According to a statement released by his campaign this morning, Deeds was alone in his vehicle and driving himself home to Bath County at the time. He was driving westward on Route 22 after a Fredericksburg campaign event when he hit a passenger vehicle. The two passengers of the other car were taken to a Charlottesville-area hospital for precautionary medical attention and released that evening, his campaign said. Deeds was uninjured.
His campaign confirmed that Deeds was issued a $30 ticket for following the vehicle too closely. His spokeswoman said he was not on his cell phone at the time. In fact, she said that when Deeds went to call 911 to report the accident, he could not immediately get through because there was no cell phone service in the area.
UPDATE: So the accident took place on Saturday. And the statement from the campaign came out this morning, more than 48 hours later. Why the delay?
Deeds' spokeswoman Brooke Borkenhagen said he wanted to speak with the passengers in the other vehicle before releasing information, a conversation that took place on Sunday. The Louisa residents were doing well, she said. Borkenhagen said the statement was prepared yesterday but was not released because the campaign got "sidetracked with other things."
"We're not trying to hide anything," she said. "The guy got into a minor crash when he was headed home to see his family. There was a ticket issued and minor injuries. That's all that this is."
May 12, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman
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