Victorious Trump-backed candidate seriously injured in car wreck

A South Carolina legislator who defeated incumbent Congressman Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) in a primary challenge on Tuesday, June 12, has been injured in an automobile accident.

Katie Arrington, who represents South Carolina’s 94th District in the state House, was sent to a Charleston hospital  Friday evening after suffering injuries to her colon, bowel and iliac artery.  She also sustained trauma to her abdominal wall, broke two ribs and fractured a vertebrate.

Authorities say Arrington was a passenger in a car traveling southbound on Highway 17 in Charleston County toward Hilton Head when a second automobile, apparently driving in the wrong lane, collided with Arrington’s vehicle.  The driver of the second auto was killed in the accident.

Following the incident, Arrington underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.  Arrington was briefly placed on a ventilator and underwent an additional surgical procedure on her spine on Sunday.

“She has been very strong through this entire event and has responded as a patient much younger than her true age. I expect her to make a quick recovery,” said Dr. Evert Eriksson, a trauma surgeon at MUSC who operated on Arrington Friday night.

Doctors treating Arrington say they expect the legislator to make a full recovery.

Arrington, 47, delivered a shocking upset primary loss to incumbent Mark Sanford earlier this month for the GOP nomination in the Palmetto State’s 1st Congressional District.

Backed by President Trump, Arrington’s narrow four point victory over Sanford silenced one of the president’s most vocal critics in the Republican congressional caucus — a fact not lost on the New York businessman who failed in his attempt to make fun of the former South Carolina governor Monday evening at a rally in West Columbia.

“The Tallahassee Trail — must be a beautiful place. Unfortunately, he didn’t go there,” he said, referring to Sanford’s explanation he was “hiking the Appalachian Trail” in June 2009 during an excursion to Argentina to visit his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur.


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