STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A Connecticut State Senator is now in a coma after falling off an outside staircase early Monday morning.
Police say they received a call around 2:40 a.m. of an injured man at Grandview Park. When officers arrived, they learned that 52-year-old Connecticut State Senator Andrew Maynard had fallen a significant height off of an outside staircase at his home.
Maynard landed on the cement sidewalk and suffered severe injuries. He was transported to Rhode Hospital by ambulance where he is in serious condition. An early investigation shows that the fall was accidental and the incident is under investigation.
Former Congressman Rob Simmons joins the many sharing their concern for state Senator Andrew Maynard. Simmons saw Maynard just this weekend after Simmon’s son was married.
“We’ve been friends for a long time. I’m a republican, he’s a democrat but we’re great friends and we have a great relationship and it was terrible this morning I hear from my daughter and son in law that he had fallen and had been taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he is in a coma,” said Simmons.
Michael Blair, who owns the real estate agency Hunter Moore & Stearns where Maynard works as an agent, says he was stopped several times in town by people wanting to know how Maynard is doing and expressing their concern. He says, “Andy is a particularly wonderful person that’s really loved by many people and one of the reasons he is the first agent I recruited. So we all hope and pray that Andy will have a full recovery.”
Joan Mitchell, who works at Tom’s News & General Store where she says Maynard often picks up his newspaper, tells News8, “very nice, yes he’s very nice.” Throughout town people are hoping for a quick recovery.
Patti Ostrover heard the ambulance and a lot of commotion early Monday morning. She didn’t realize it was for her neighbor.
“I’m so sorry I hope he’s going to be okay,” said Ostrover.
“He’s very popular he tells the truth. Earlier this year they said there was a huge surplus up in Hartford and Andy said no, no there is no surplus and you know we admire and respect a public official who tells it the way he sees it,” said Simmons.
“Very upsetting, very very upsetting. He’s a wonderful and pleasant man,” said Ostrover.
Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following joint statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his loved ones. Working with him has been an honor and a privilege. He is a powerful voice for his district and for the issues he cares about. We join the rest of our colleagues in wishing him a full and fast recovery.”
Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney and Sen. Minority Leader Pro Tempore Len Fasano also issued a statement: “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Connecticut State Senate Republican caucus go out to Senator Maynard and his family. We wish Sen. Maynard a swift recovery.”