Congresswoman in Recovery After Being Hit by Car

Congresswoman in Recovery After Being Hit by Car

( – Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has faithfully served Oregon’s First Congressional District since 2012. Before that, she served in the Oregon House and Senate. Currently, she’s recovering at home after being hit by an automobile.

Saturday afternoon, January 13, Bonamici’s communication director, Natalie Crofts, posted a statement on her Twitter account announcing that a car struck the congresswoman and her husband. The couple was attempting to cross the road at a crosswalk after attending a Portland event.

Crofts advised that Bonamici suffered from a laceration to her head and a concussion, but was released from the hospital to complete her recovery at home. Her husband, US District Judge Michael Simon, received treatment for minor injuries.

The following day, Rep. Bonamici posted a brief statement thanking everyone for their “well wishes.” She also extended her gratitude to first responders and healthcare workers for their assistance and confirmed she and Michael were continuing their recovery at home.

As one might expect, Bonamici’s co-workers in Washington and members of her community at home reached out with words of encouragement. In a particularly poignant display, a group of Beaverton teenagers spoke out about their safety concerns regarding automobiles.

They received an award from the congresswoman in November 2022 for an app they developed to help motorists and bicyclists avoid high-crash routes. The app, BikeBetter, uses data gathered from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon Live reported the app indicated that several crashes occurred on Northwest Everett Street, where the congresswoman and her husband were struck. Nivedha Sathish, 13, confirmed there are “quite a few streets that are alarming” in the area, and “Everett is definitely one of them.”

The congressman had to cancel two previously scheduled town hall meetings on Saturday. Likewise, she won’t be able to attend other public events for the foreseeable future. However, Bonamici is expected to make a full recovery.

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