INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - State Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Friday after a crash that involved his vehicle.
His daughter was involved in the accident as well. She was released from the hospital Thursday night.
The crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Indianapolis, in the intersection of North Capital Avenue and West Ohio Street.
Both vehicles, a Cadillac and a Kia, were heavily damaged.
Niezgodski and his daughter were both taken to a nearby hospital.
It took firefighters 15 minutes to extricate Niezgodski's daughter from the vehicle.
Niezgodski issued this statement Friday saying:
“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.”
The driver of the other vehicle, Megan Durham, 24, was uninjured and treated at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. However, investigators do not believe impairment played a factor.