On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (I-WV) shared that his wife Gayle, 76, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries resulting from an automobile accident.
On Wednesday it was revealed that the car that struck Gayle’s vehicle was driven by a person attempting to evade authorities.
Manchin was not with his wife when her vehicle was struck. Authorities and staffers notified the senator who shared that the vehicle accident occurred while Gayle was engaged in “official travel.”
Manchin posted an update on X: “My wife Gayle and her colleague Guy Land were involved in a car accident on the way from the airport to the hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, for an Appalachian Regional Commission event that was planned for today.”
Manchin added: “She remains in stable condition and will stay there for a couple of days for precautionary measures.”
The police report notes that Gayle Manchin was traveling from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, to an area hotel with her colleague Guy Land.
According to Fox News, Gayle Manchin was injured but is in “stable condition.”
The Fox report also noted that the vehicle that hit Manchin’s car was fleeing police at the time. The driver was reportedly wanted on multiple felony charges, according to the Homewood Police Department.
The police report notes that several police units pursued the suspect through North Birmingham onto 18th Street North but for a time had lost contact with the suspect.
Homeland Police units later observed the suspect had crashed his vehicle into a vehicle occupied by Gayle Manchin and one passenger. Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Manchin and the other passenger were transported to UAB Gardendale Hospital.
Police arrested the suspect. He is currently being held at Homewood City Jail.
A spokesperson for Homewood Police said: “The Homewood Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating this case and is in the process of obtaining multiple felony warrants against the suspect.”
Joe and Gayle Manchin were married in 1967. In November, Joe announced his retirement from the Senate — telling constituents he will not run again in 2024.
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