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Doctors 'cautiously optimistic' about Rep. Womble's recovery

Posted December 4, 2011
Updated December 5, 2011

— Doctors are "cautiously optimistic" about the recovery of State Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth), who was critically injured in a head-on crash Friday night, according to a spokeswoman for the Womble family.

Womble underwent surgery Sunday morning, another procedure later in the day and was resting, said spokeswoman Tanya Wiley. His family and friends are breathing a sigh of relief, she said.

He was hospitalized in critical condition. The other driver, David Allen Carmichael, 54, of 2767 Reynolds Park Road, died at the scene, Winston-Salem police said.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. on Reynolds Park Road. Police have not determined who was at fault.

Womble has represented Forsyth County in the General Assembly since 1995. Before that, the retired teacher and principal served on the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen from 1981 to 1993. 

During his nine terms in the General Assembly, Womble has advocated for compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program during the 20th century.

He was the primary sponsor of the 2009 Racial Justice Act, which allowed death row inmates to use racial statistics to show bias in sentencing. 

The North Carolina State Senate voted to repeal that law just last week. 


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 5, 2011

    "it was Reported as a Head On Collision. Which Car Was over the center line?"

    I think the unusual lack of details would give the answer.

  • dadsgoose98 Dec 5, 2011

    It is with all my being -love -compassion and heart felt warmth that this truly beautiful man, a gift from heaven above makes a full recovery so that he may continue on his warpped liberal ways !

  • pinball wizard Dec 5, 2011

    No information has been released by the police. They must be doing a really thorough investigation. With a death and a politician involved, they need to be thorough. I hope WRAL reports on the findings.

  • Viewer Dec 5, 2011

    it was Reported as a Head On Collision. Which Car Was over the center line? Both?

  • ncmedic201 Dec 5, 2011

    @mfarmer...What Is Wrong With Your Keyboard That Every Word Is Capitalized? It doesn't matter who is involved in the wreck. Sometimes they have to reconstruct the scene in order to determine who was at fault. Especially something like a head on collision where it is not always easy to determine.

  • Bill of Rights Dec 5, 2011

    I hope he makes a complete recovery.

  • westernwake1 Dec 5, 2011

    I wish State Rep. Larry Womble a quick and speedy recovery.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 5, 2011

    I Fell Sorry For Both Of Them But If It Was Me Or You They Probably Would Have Known Who's Fault It Was By Now.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 5, 2011

    I guess they'll never know who was at fault.