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Wife of Rhode Island Governor Sundlun Injured in Traffic Accident

October 23, 1991

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ The wife of Rhode Island Gov. Bruce Sundlun underwent eight hours of surgery to remove blood clots from her brain after she was hit by a car Tuesday.

Marjorie Sundlun, 50, was in guarded condition Tuesday night with life- threatening injuries at Strong Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Sundlun also suffered a collapsed lung and a broken right leg.

″The surgery went well,″ hospital spokesman Robert Loeb said. ″The next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial.″

The governor cut short a Cabinet meeting to fly to Rochester in upstate New York.

In Providence, bank and credit union depositors who have demonstrated daily outside the Rhode Island Statehouse to protest Sundlun’s handling of the state’s bank system collapse suspended Tuesday’s demonstration out of respect for Mrs. Sundlun.

She was walking with town clerk candidate Patty Spano when she was struck about 7 a.m. on a street in Geneva, her hometown about 40 miles southeast of Rochester, Geneva police Chief Frank Pane said. Mrs. Sundlun was in town to visit her mother and to campaign for Spano, he said.

The 76-year-old driver of the car never saw Mrs. Sundlun, who was wearing dark pants and a dark sweatshirt and was walking near the edge of the road, Pane said.

″It looks like she just may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time,″ Pane said. He estimated the car was traveling 20-25 mph in a 30 mph zone.