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Villaraigosa back to normal routine after bike accident

July 23, 2010 |  5:52 pm
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa probably will need three to four months for his broken right elbow to fully recover from last weekend’s bicycle accident on Venice Boulevard, a spokeswoman for the mayor said Friday.

Villaraigosa was launched over his handle bars Saturday after a taxicab abruptly pulled in front of him as he pedaled along with a member of his security team. Villaraigosa was immediately taken to UCLA Medical Center.

The elbow was broken in eight places and doctors treated him by inserting at least eight screws and a metal plate, said mayoral aide Sarah Hamilton. Villaraigosa later appeared wearing a sling and said he was glad he had been wearing a bicycle helmet because in the tumble his head also struck the pavement.

No charges will be filed against the taxi driver.

Despite the lengthy recovery period, Hamilton said, Villaraigosa has resumed a normal schedule.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall