Ill. Rep. in Hospital After Accident
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Illinois Rep. Timothy V. Johnson was hospitalized with a fractured rib and punctured lung after an automobile accident in his congressional district, his spokesman said Monday.
``We would anticipate a short, inpatient stay with full recovery and a return to active participation serving his district within a few days,″ Johnson’s physician, Dr. Sid Rohrscheib, said in a statement released by the Republican congressman’s office.
Urbana Police Department spokeswoman Jo Knudsen said the accident occurred Sunday night after Johnson’s car backed out of a parking lot and struck a van driven by Elisabeth Morgan, 35, of Urbana.
Johnson, 56, of Urbana, who is in his second term in Congress, was issued a $75 citation for improper backing, Knudsen said. No damage estimates for the vehicles were available, she said, and no one was immediately hospitalized.
The statement released by Johnson’s spokesman, Matt Bisbee, did not mention the police citation.
Johnson initially decided he was physically unharmed, and so he went ahead with a planned speaking engagement at the church, according to the statement.
After Johnson returned to his home, he noticed he was experiencing shortness of breath, and contacted his physician, who accompanied him to an Urbana hospital and had X-rays taken that confirmed Johnson’s rib and lung injuries, the statement said.