Police say Sen. Vinehout wasn't Wearing Seatbelt in Dec. Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Wed 10:12 AM, Jan. 8, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol says Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout was not wearing a seatbelt during last month's crash that severely injured her arm and sidelined her potential run for governor.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that the State Patrol report says Vinehout was sitting in the backseat of her 2008 Toyota Avalon on Dec. 8 during a heavy snowfall when the crash occurred on Interstate 94 in Racine County.

Vinehout underwent an eight-hour reconstructive surgery on her broken arm and continues to recover at home.

Vinehout has been considering running for governor. Former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke is the only announced Democratic candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Vinehout was not ticketed in the accident.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 9:59 AM, Dec. 19, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout's husband says she has been released from the hospital following a Sunday car accident that resulted in multiple fractures in her right arm.

Douglas Kane said Monday that Vinehout "seems to be doing quite well." Vinehout is a Democrat from Alma in western Wisconsin and is considering running for governor next year.

Vinehout was hurt Sunday morning following a crash in snowy weather in the Racine area where she was originally scheduled to hold meet-and-greet events with supporters.

Kane says he doesn't know details of what happened in the crash but he expects Vinehout to come to Eau Claire on Monday where she will likely have orthopedic surgery on her arm.

Numerous accidents were reported across southeast Wisconsin due to the snow.

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