Wife of Fall River mayor in ICU after being hit by car

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan announced on Facebook that his wife, Judi St. Hilaire, is in the intensive care unit after being struck by a car in Mattapoisett during a 60-mile group bike ride on Sunday.

St. Hilaire was taking part in a group ride with the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen when a car ran a stop sign and hit three cyclists, Coogan wrote in a Facebook post.

According to Coogan, she suffered 8 or 9 broken ribs on each side, punctured lungs, and two broken collarbones.

“Judi is sorry she’s going to miss these last few days of the campaign, but that’s the least of our concern,” Coogan wrote.

Mattapoisett police say the incident is under investigation.

Coogan is finishing his first term as mayor and up for re-election on Tuesday. His opponent is City Council President Cliff Ponte.

Ponte took to Facebook Monday morning saying he was saddened to hear about the accident that injured St. Hilaire.

“Politics and campaign aside, I sincerely hope for a speedy recovery to Mrs. Coogan. I extend our best wishes to Mayor Coogan and his family at this time,” he wrote.

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