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Ex-congressman in hospital after crash

September 18, 2008


— Former Rep. Eligio "Kika" De la Garza was being treated in a hospital Wednesday for injuries he and his wife suffered when the SUV they were riding in was involved in a head-on crash in Texas.

The accident occurred in McAllen, in southern Texas, on Tuesday, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, said in a statement. De la Garza, 80, and his wife, Lucille, were hospitalized. De la Garza underwent surgery Tuesday night and his wife had surgery Wednesday, said Hinojosa's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Esfahani.

The family was not immediately releasing other details.

Sgt. Joel Morales, a McAllen police spokesman, said the accident was still under investigation but it appeared two cars collided and one of them hit the small sport utility vehicle carrying the de la Garzas. He said there was "frontal impact" to the de la Garza's vehicle.

A 67-year-old McAllen woman in one of the cars also was taken by ambulance to the hospital.


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