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Pa. Sen. Pat Browne recovering following motorcycle accident

By: - September 9, 2021 5:15 pm

Sen. Pat Browne will chair the Special Education Funding Commission with Rep. Curtis Sonney and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

State Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, is recovering from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident last week, his office confirmed Thursday. 

In a statement shared with the Capital-Star, Browne’s office confirmed the accident occurred on Aug. 31, while he was en route to a scheduled event in Colorado.

Browne, the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, is in stable condition after suffering a concussion, fractured neck and broken orbital bone and is expected to make a full recovery. 

In 2015, Browne was involved in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 78 that resulted in two charges related to drunken driving. The statement issued Thursday did not elaborate on the cause of the accident.

“His wife and family invite prayers and well wishes for his quick recovery and are grateful for privacy at this time so that all energies may be focused on healing, without distraction,” the statement reads. 

The state Senate is due to reconvene in Harrisburg on Sept. 20. 

“Pat is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries and is expected to return to Pennsylvania in the coming weeks,” the statement reads. 

Browne is the second state lawmaker this year to be injured in a motorcycle accident.

In March, state Sen. Mike Regan, R-York, sustained injuries following a crash. 

Pa. Sen. Mike Regan hospitalized after motorcycle accident

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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