Maynard, legislator injured in 2014 fall, involved in one-car accident in Waterford

Sen. Andrew Maynard greets Rep. Antonio Guerrera on opening day 2015.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas / CTMirror.org

Sen. Andrew Maynard greets Rep. Antonio Guerrera on opening day 2015.

Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a fall at his home in 2014, was being evaluated in a hospital Thursday after the car he was driving went off a road and down an embankment in Waterford.

“He was treated at the scene; is conscious and is undergoing further evaluation at an area hospital,” Adam Joseph, the spokesman for the Senate Democrats, said in an emailed statement after 6 p.m..

Maynard had attended a caucus in Hartford, where Democratic senators and staff met to prepare for the 2016 session, which begins Feb. 3.

Lt. Tim Silva of the Waterford police department, a supervisor who had just come on duty, said he had few details other than that Maynard’s car went off Route 32. A report might not be available for 48 hours, he said.

Maynard was re-elected without campaigning in 2014 after a fall that left him unable to speak and impaired his mobility. He surprised colleagues by appearing at the opening day of the 2015 session, entering the Senate chamber to sustained applause.

During the 2015 session, Maynard seemed physically able, but his speech was limited. Other than brief conversations with reporters, he has declined interviews about his ability to fully participate in legislative activities.

Joseph said Maynard still is getting speech therapy.

 

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