Police: Womble's car crossed center line in crash

Rep. Larry Womble (NC General Assembly)
December 5, 2011 5:03:37 PM PST
Winston-Salem police said the car driven by state Rep. Larry Womble crossed the center line of a local street and collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the driver.

Authorities say 54-year-old David Allen Carmichael of Winston-Salem died in the crash. Carmichael was the son of a man who ran against Womble for his legislative seat in the 1990s. The accident happened around 11 p.m. on Reynolds Park Road in Winston-Salem when Womble's 2010 Acura sedan collided with Carmichael's 1996 Chrysler convertible.

The police report was released Monday, the same day that a doctor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said the 70-year-old Womble is alert and responding to stimuli as he continues to recover from last Friday night's traffic accident.

Womble remains in critical but stable condition at and his  son said the lawmaker isn't talking but does respond when people squeeze his hand.

NC Representative Earline Parmon and Jamal Womble, the son of Representative Womble, have issued a joint statement, saying "On behalf of our entire community, I want to sincerely thank the paramedics who responded so swiftly as well as the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for Representative Womble. They have been extraordinary to him and to us. We thank everyone for the continued thoughts and prayers and ask for respect and privacy for Representative Womble and his family. The family also asks that the public keep the family of David Carmichael, who perished after the crash, in their thoughts and prayers."

Gov. Bev Perdue issued a statement Saturday morning on the accident, saying "Bob and I send our thoughts and prayers to Larry Womble and his family, as we pray for his recovery and for strength and comfort for his family, as well as for the family of Mr. Carmichael."

House colleagues are also lending their support. Speaker Thom Tillis said he is closely monitoring the situation, saying, "I know I speak for other members of the General Assembly in saying that we will support Rep. Womble and his family in any way possible."

Minority Leader Joe Hackney added, "I have spoken ? with those who are with Rep. Womble at the hospital and remain in contact with them. All of us are thinking of him today and hoping he recovers quickly."

The Democratic representative is in his ninth term serving Forsyth County. He was the main sponsor of the 2009 Racial Justice Act, which the state Senate voted last week to repeal. The law created a new method for death row prisoners to contest their sentences.

 

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