Gouge suffers fall on ice

January 14, 1994

Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was unable to give her State of the County address yesterday after a fall outside her home left her incapacitated.

Ms. Gouge was on her driveway preparing to go to work when she slipped on a patch of ice, hitting her back and head, said Micki Smith, county deputy director of administrative services.

She lost consciousness for an undetermined amount of time, then awoke, crawled to her car and blew the horn The commissioner's husband, Jesse L. Gouge, helped her into the house.

In her mother's absence and with only an hour's preparation, Jill Gebhardt delivered the address at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

"This reminds me of a time four years ago when I had to step into my mother's shoes and give a similar speech," Ms. Gebhardt told the crowd. "But that time, I had 24 hours' notice. My mother's shoes are difficult to fill."

Ms. Smith said the commissioner sustained a bump on her head and had blurred vision and disorientation after the fall. She was expected to be examined by her doctor in the evening.

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