Dem Rep. Bonamici of Oregon struck by car while crossing the street

January 15, 2023

The Washington Examiner reports that U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) was hit by a car while crossing the street in Portland, Oregon, on Friday. 

The 68-year-old Bonamici was injured in the crash. But, it appears that she will make a full recovery.

What happened?

The situation was first reported by Natalie Crofts, Bonamici's communications director.

"@RepBonamici and her husband were struck by a car Friday evening while were they walking across a street in a crosswalk," Crofts tweeted. "The incident occurred as they were leaving an event in Portland."

Crofts goes on to reveal that Bonamici "was treated for a concussion and laceration to her head" and that her husband "was treated for minor injuries."

Crofts said that Bonamici "has been released from the hospital to recover at home." And, Crofts said that Bonamici "is expected to make a full recovery."

More details

Kevin Allen, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department, has released more details on the matter.

According to Allen, both Bonamici and her husband, 66-year-old U.S. District Judge Michael Simon, were crossing Northwest Everett Street around 8:44 p.m. on Friday night, after attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service hosted by Congregation Beth Israel.

As they were crossing the road - using the crosswalk - Bonamici and her husband, according to Allen, were struck by a woman who had, with her vehicle, just turned the corner at a low rate of speed. The impact, though, was enough to knock both Bonamici and her husband down.

According to Allen, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with police. Allen further said that the driver was neither arrested nor cited for the incident.

Allen and her husband, on the other hand, went to the hospital, where they were briefly hospitalized for their injuries. They were then released.

Looking forward

Although Bonamici is expected to fully recover, her injuries did cause her to miss some events on Saturday.

Crofts tweeted that Bonamici "will be unable to attend the town hall meetings in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties today [i.e. Saturday] and other public events while she heals."

It is unclear whether Bonamici's injuries will cause her to take time away from the U.S. House of Representatives. If they do, this could be bad news for the Democrats, who, with their minority, need every vote they could get in order to try to slow the Republicans down.

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