Crash breaks arm, not spirit
A Glendale City Council hopeful is back on the campaign trail after
shattering a bone in his arm in a car crash and undergoing surgery
Vrej Agajanian, one of 18 candidates vying for a spot on the
council dais, was back to campaigning and hosting his
Armenian-language television show after spending four days in and out
of local hospitals.
“I just missed a few days, and hopefully I can make up for it,”
Agajanian, 53, said. “But I had to come back and continue the
campaigning because this is a precious time and I have to use every
second of it.”
A pick-up truck slammed into the side of his Lexus when he was on
his way to filming his show at about 4:30 p.m. March 9, he said. The
impact crushed his left humerus. The driver of the truck was
uninjured, Agajanian said.
Doctors operated on Agajanian’s arm, putting in metal plates and
screws to help the bone heal properly. He will also wear a cast on
his arm for six to eight weeks.
While recuperating, Agajanian missed two candidate forums and
three broadcasts of his show. Agajanian returned to the airwaves
Sunday and interviewed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was
the first to sign his cast, he said.
“I’m having lots of pain,” Agajanian said. “But I’m back to full
Agajanian said the wreck was not his fault, but he does not plan
to sue the other driver.
Campaign manager Mark A. Lange said Agajanian’s quick return to
the race was an inspiration to his staffers and volunteers.
“He’s came back early and rallied the troops,” Lange said. “If
anything, this was more of a shot in the arm than a break in the arm.
The campaign has been injected with a bit more determination because