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Woman's crash injuries severe; city retains control of probe

Apr 22, 2010 11:37:00 PM - thestate.com
The woman injured in Wednesday's car accident involving Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin has a broken pelvis and a brain injury and is on a ventilator, a person close to the family said Thursday.

Deborah Rubens, a 61-year-old Rosewood neighborhood resident, had responded to family members who visited their relative, but her condition had not changed since she was taken to Palmetto Health Richland after the early-morning accident, the source said.

Rubens, a Dreher High School graduate, is a waitress at the Clarion Hotel Columbia and is well-known to politicians who stay and dine at the hotel during legislative sessions. Many local officials - including Benjamin - know Rubens for her cheery attitude and willingness to talk politics with them at the hotel, commonly referred to as "The Townhouse."

"She's my waitress," Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said Thursday. "I never asked what party she belonged to or how she votes. But we think alike on a lot of issues."

A source close to the family said Rubens' son was en route from California to Columbia.

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