Accident in Belgium injures Rosapepe

January 03, 2008|By Phillip McGowan | Phillip McGowan,sun reporter

State Sen. James C. Rosapepe has returned to Maryland with two bone fractures in his right leg after being struck by a car during a business trip in Europe over the Christmas holiday, he said yesterday.

Rosapepe, 56, said he will be in Annapolis when the General Assembly convenes next week.

"I'm doing fine," said Rosapepe, a Democrat who represents northern Prince George's and western Anne Arundel counties.

The College Park resident said he will be in the state capital when the legislature's 90-day session begins Wednesday, but he told constituents in an e-mail that he "won't be knocking on any doors for several months."

Rosapepe, chairman and chief executive of Patuxent Capital Group LLC, said he travels to Europe a couple of times a year because he sits on the boards of several companies and investment firms there.

On Dec. 19, he was walking out of a hotel in Brussels, Belgium, when a car injured him in a hit-and-run incident, Rosapepe said. He was left with two broken bones in his right leg, "a shiner" on his left eye and cuts and bruises.

Belgian authorities told him that a witness saw one number of the license plate on the car, so there might be little chance of finding the driver. He spent Christmas Day with his wife, Sheilah Kast, in a Brussels hospital. They flew home Dec. 27, the e-mails said. He was admitted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was released Dec. 31.

Rosapepe spoke with gratitude about the medical care he received in Belgium and Maryland. "I feel very, very lucky and very blessed," said Rosapepe, who will get around with a walker, crutches or a wheelchair.

Rosapepe and his wife informed constituents of the senator's injuries in an e-mail announcing the postponement of the couple's annual post-holiday reception.

In February 2006, Rosapepe choked while dining at an Annapolis restaurant and was rescued by John A. Giannetti Jr., whom Rosapepe defeated for the District 21 seat later that year.

phill.mcgowan@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Bradley Olson contributed to this article.

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