PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Providence City Councilman Michael J. Correia was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Saturday evening but is now out of the hospital, WPRI.com has confirmed.
In a telephone interview, Correia said he was hit by a car around 6 p.m. while getting back into his car in the 800 block on Atwells Avenue.
Correia was thrown 10 feet from his car and knocked out by the blow from the vehicle, which was described as a dark-colored Ford Escape SUV, according to Correia's family members and Providence Acting Police Chief Hugh Clements Jr.
"I'm very lucky," Correia told WPRI.com. He was treated at Rhode Island Hospital and then released, and is now resting at home with his family. He said he has brusies on his side and his arm.
Correia said the SUV lost its front bumper when it hit him, which would mean police will be searching for a dark-colored Ford Escape missing a bumper as they seek the driver responsible.
In a bizarre coincidence, Correia's accident comes just over a year after his fellow councilman, Terrence Hassett, was seriously injured in another hit-and-run on Atwells Avenue on Oct. 30, 2010.
Correia, a Democrat, was elected last November to represent Ward 6, which includes the Mount Pleasant, Manton, Olneyville, and Fruit Hill neighborhoods. He is a lifelong Providence resident who lives in Mount Pleasant with his mother and daughter, according to his official biography.
Spokesmen for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence City Council President Michael Solomon were not immediately available for comment.
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