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Woman hurt in accident with Benjamin improves

Apr 29, 2010 12:05:00 AM - thestate.com
The woman injured in last week's car accident involving Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin has shown small signs of improvement.

But an attorney for Deborah Rubens said Wednesday, "She's certainly not out of the woods at all."

Meanwhile, the Columbia Police Department has not released any new information about the wreck.

Rubens has been in a coma at Palmetto Health Richland hospital since April 21. She has a brain injury, but doctors do not know how severe it is or her long-term outlook, said Rick Detwiler, an attorney at Columbia's Callison Tighe & Robinson firm who has been retained by the Rubens family.

"She did squeeze the hand of a friend today," Detwiler said Wednesday. "She has opened her eyes once or twice but not for a sustained amount of time."

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