Subin hospitalized after hitting tree

Councilman misses last council meeting before recess after breaking ribs and puncturing his lung

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006

County Councilman Michael L. Subin spent the weekend in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and missed Tuesday’s County Council meeting after a bicycle accident Friday morning.

Subin broke at least four ribs and punctured his right lung when he lost control of his bicycle and hit a tree, said Lou D’Ovidio, his confidential aide.

Subin (D-At large) of Gaithersburg was riding on a trail in his neighborhood when he lost control of the bike.

‘‘He goes out most mornings for exercise around Lakelands and Kentlands,” D’Ovidio said. ‘‘He hit a patch of wet grass, and he hit a tree.”

Subin, who was wearing a helmet, was riding down a hill near his home when he steered to avoid hitting a house and reached to grab a tree, letting go of the bike, D’Ovidio said.

A neighbor who is an emergency medical technician saw the accident and recommended calling an ambulance. Subin, an attorney, declined medical attention and attended a court hearing in Frederick before checking himself into a hospital that afternoon, D’Ovidio said. ‘‘It was probably about eight hours later that he got into a hospital,” he said.

Subin hoped to be released from the hospital on Monday, but spent a restless Sunday night with back spasms and was kept for observation on Monday and Tuesday. He hoped to return home today, D’Ovidio said.

Subin is one of 17 candidates running for four at-large seats on the council. Campaign volunteers will continue their work while Subin is in the hospital, D’Ovidio said.

‘‘He’s hoping to get the Sierra Club endorsement as a tree hugger,” he said.