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Deeds in Minor Car Crash

Rosalind Helderman

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."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 12, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman  
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We should all be glad that the rear ending is minor and no damage is done. Deeds is a good Virginian and though I do not support his candidacy for Virginia Governor, I am so relieved that he is doing well. Let us not make a mountain of a molehill, accidents happen and that is why they are called accidents.

Posted by: alankrishnan | May 12, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig was really charged with misconduct in a Mens Room at the Minneapolis Airport, His lawyer argued at court that the judge should have reduced the charge to following to close from behind.

Posted by: patb | May 12, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Ms. Helderman,

Did you know of the vehicle collision before Deeds released the statement?

If not, then relax. If yes, then relax.
Your update comes across like woodstein-wannabe.

I'm not yet sure who I will vote for in this crazy primary--and I prefer a NOVA candidate for November. Yet, I cannot think of more than 5 nice, humbled politicians in Richmond, and Senator Deeds is one of them.

At the end of the day, the only things that counted were that he stopped, called 911, accepted the traffic citation, visited with those who were injured, and then took a deep breath.

Vehicle accidents happen. He will pay the fine, get points off, have his insurance rates increased, and may likely have to face a civil hearing between insurance v. insurance companies to ensure those who were injured are just compensated. This happens in life, even with public officials who seek higher office. Well, not all elected officials...but at least we know that Senator Deeds takes personal responsibility.

Posted by: HumbleGovWorker | May 12, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure people who hate tailgaters will think twice about Deeds after this.

Posted by: bokamba | May 12, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like everyone's okay. Thank goodness.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | May 12, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

patb - Actually it was failing to stay in his lane.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 12, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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