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UPDATE: Rep. Niezgodski talks with FOX28 about Thursday's accident

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UPDATED 2/14/2014 3:15 PM -- Rep. David Niezgodski spoke with FOX28 Friday by phone from his hospital room in Indianapolis.  He anticipates being released Friday evening.  "I'm hoping to get a pass today," he says.  "I'm eagerly awaiting to see what the doctor says."
Niezgodski says he was just driving along, talking with his daughter Rachael Thursday night when they were hit by another driver.  "It was so shocking," he says. 
Niezgodski says first responders decided to free him first because they had to more work to do to extricate his daughter.  "I did not want to leave.  I was trying to comfort her," he says.  "I was holding her hand, but there did come a time where they were going to have to cut the doors and they just really didn't give me a choice.  They had me go, but she was shortly behind."
Niezgodski says he daughter looked up and said, "Go Dad!"  Niezgodski says Rachael was released from the hospital overnight.  "She's very fortunate.  She didn't have any broken bones.  She had a concussion," he says.  "Obviously it was an extremely hard  jarring that we took."
Niezgodski says he's overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern he's received from across the state.  He's also thankful for the first responders and the hospital employees who came to his family's aide.  "That is what they do every single day," he says. "We witnessed it first hand."
2/14/2014 -- Rep. David Niezgodski says he expects to be released from the hospital today after he was involved in a car accident Thursday evening near the Indiana Statehouse.
In a statement released Friday morning, the South Bend Democrat says he suffered a broken rib and aggravated some neck problems he has had for several years in the accident. His daughter, Rachael, was also injured in the crash. Rep. Niezgodski says she suffered a concussion and some soft tissue damage, but was released from the hospital overnight.

The accident happened on North Capitol Avenue and West Ohio Street in downtown Indianapolis just before 7:00 p.m. Police say the Cadillac STS Niezgodski and his daughter were in was hit by a Kia Sorento. Indianapolis Fire Department pictures from the scene show extensive damage to Niezgodski's vehicle. Fire officials say it took about 15 minutes to get Rachael Niezgodski out of the vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was treated at the scene.

In his statement, Rep. Niezgodski praised the first responders. "I always have believed that those men and women who devote themselves to public safety never get enough credit for the work they do to protect the rest of us, and the skill and expertise they bring to the table came to the forefront last night. For that, I will be eternally grateful."

He also thanks those who have offered support. "I want to say how deeply moved our family has been by the outpouring of support we have received since last night's accident. The numbers of prayers and messages have been greatly appreciated by myself, my daughter and the rest of our family."

According to his House biography, Rep. Niezgodski is a life-long resident of South Bend. He is half-owner of a 3rd generation plumbing business, Niezgodski Plumbing.  The Democrat has represented Indiana's 7th House District since winning in He first won his House seat in 2006.

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