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Cavalier to be back for Tuesday’s Board meeting
A month and a half after being hit by a tractor-trailer on I-95, Jack Cavalier will return to his seat at board meetings on Tuesday.
The Griffis-Widewater supervisor doesn’t remember what happened the night of Sept. 23– “thankfully,” he said. His car had broken down near the Garrisonville exit, and he had gotten out on the shoulder around 8:30 p.m., on southbound I-95. A tractor-trailer swerved to try to avoid him, according to state police. The driver called police after the accident.
Cavalier suffered many broken bones — both of his legs, his left arm and five ribs. “It pretty much shut me down,” Cavalier said by phone Wednesday evening from his house. A rod was installed to stabilize the compound fracture of his left femur while pins and plates are now permanently in his left arm, which shattered in the accident. His right leg broke below the knee cap.
He spent 10 days at Mary Washington Hospital, and several weeks at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. He’s still going to outpatient therapy. Last week, he started walking with a walker, and he’s wearing devices to help improve the flexibility in his joints.
Cavalier hasn’t been able to return to work yet, but says he’s ready for board meetings. He missed two after the accident.