Rep. Maurice Lawson
Wife of 29th District State Representative Maurice Lawson
says her husband is still recovering from a vehicle accident
he suffered recently in St. Joseph.
In a phone interview this week with The Landmark, Bonnie
Sue Lawson said her husband is still in the critical care
unit at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Mrs. Lawson said the newly reelected representative is
suffering from a broken back and broken ribs. She said
Lawson had surgery Sunday.
Mrs. Lawson said it had originally looked as if her husband
was going to be home shortly following his accident on
Nov. 6 when his sport utility vehicle crashed on an Interstate
"He is going to be here for awhile," Bonnie
Mrs. Lawson expects her husband to under go rehabilitation
It's unknown what caused the wreck, but it is believed
that a medical condition played a role. Alcohol was not
a factor in the accident, according to reports.
Reports indicate Mr. Lawson was exiting I-29 from a northbound
lane and was proceeding toward eastbound U.S. Highway
36 when he lost control of his 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The vehicle then traveled through a median and spun clockwise.
When the vehicle approached the highway it slid onto
its top and moved across the westbound lanes before striking
a guardrail. It is estimated the vehicle traveled 700
feet with no brakes applied before it came to a stop.
The 64-year-old representative recently won reelection
over Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson Rooney of Weston.