Oregon Democrat taken to hospital following accident

 January 16, 2023

A Democratic congresswoman from Oregon made headlines this weekend after an accident left her hospitalized.  

According to Fox News, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was struck by a car on Saturday as she attempted to cross a street in Portland.

Bonamici treated for cuts and a concussion

Also involved in the incident was Bonamici's husband, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon. While Simon was only left with minor injuries, his wife's communications director said the law maker was treated for cuts to her head along with a concussion.

Crofts went on to explain in a subsequent tweet that although her boss "expected to make a full recovery," Bonamici had to forgo two previously scheduled town hall events.

Fox News noted that the driver of the vehicle which struck the congressman cooperated with authorities and is facing no charges at this time.

Supporters Bonamici reacted to her accidents with concern and took time to provide advice on how to deal with a concussion.

Safety a growing issue in Portland

Meanwhile, others suggested that Bonamici's accident served as evidence that "Portland Metro is not safe for pedestrians."

Safety in general appears to be on the decline in Oregon's biggest city, with Fox News reporting this past October that violent crime there went up by more than 38% in 2021 over the year before. Whereas Portland saw 3,148 reported violent crime incidents in 2020, the tally grew to 4,374 in 2021.

Oregon's Fox 12 reported last week that Portland has experienced four shootings near schools in as many months, something that Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero addressed at a meeting on Friday.

"I want to make sure we have a nuanced conversation about what that means," the superintendent was quoted as saying. He added, "There are no panaceas or simple solutions here."

However, School Board Chair Andrew Scott said that putting more police officers in schools is "one potential component of the larger public safety question."

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