State rep. hurt in downtown crash to be released from hospital
State Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) will be released from the hospital Friday after a serious crash in downtown Indianapolis Thursday night.
Rep. Niezgodksi suffered a broken rib and neck injuries in the crash, and his adult daughter had a concussion and other injuries.
Niezgodski issued a statement on Friday about the accident Thursday night:
"I want to say how deeply moved our family has been by the outpouring of support we have received since last night's accident. The numbers of prayers and messages have been greatly appreciated by myself, my daughter and the rest of our family.
"I also must pay tribute to the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who responded so quickly to the scene, as well as the folks at Eskenazi Hospital who treated us. I always have believed that those men and women who devote themselves to public safety never get enough credit for the work they do to protect the rest of us, and the skill and expertise they bring to the table came to the forefront last night. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
"My daughter Rachael was released from the hospital last night. She suffered a concussion and some soft tissue damage, but considering the scope of the accident, we are all incredibly grateful that was the extent of her injuries.
"I suffered a broken rib, and the accident aggravated some neck problems I have had for several years. I am expected to be released sometime today, with some follow-up treatment scheduled for Monday.
"At times like this, it is valuable to count one's blessings. Thanks in no small part to the work of many, many dedicated servants, my daughter and I are alive today. We thank them, and we thank all of you who have shown us so much support over these past few hours. You all occupy a special place in our hearts."
Rescue crews had to cut the passenger side of the car to get Rachel Niezgodski out. She left the hospital Thursday night.
Representative Niezgodski says he expects to be released today. He thanked the rescue crews and said he's counting his blessings that he and his daughter are alive today.
Witnesses told investigators the Cadillac driven by Niezgodski was traveling west on Ohio Street when it was struck in the passenger side by a Kia Sorento driven by 24-year-old Megan Durham of Indianapolis. Durham was driving south on Capitol.
"Somebody likely ran a red light, but we don't know who ran the red light at this point," said IMPD Sgt. Kendale Adams at the scene.
Durham was not injured and is cooperating with investigators, who do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash.
Indiana State Police and State Capitol Police joined IMPD officers and IFD crews at the scene.
Niezgodski is a member of the House Employment Labor and Pensions Committee.
Their car was broadsided last night at around 7:00 pm at the intersection of Ohio and Capitol near the Indiana Statehouse.