Web extra: Steve Benjamin's full statement

COLUMBIA (WIS) - Steve Benjamin released the following statement to the media Wednesday afternoon.

"I continue to be concerned about the health of the lady who was driving the other car involved in this morning's accident. We have contacted the hospital in hopes of visiting her." Privacy laws, however, prevent the hospital from releasing her name or even acknowledging that she is a patient at this time."

"As to the accident, the city police are conducting a complete investigation. Because of my position as Mayor-Elect, I requested that the city ask another law enforcement agency to participate in the investigation to avoid the appearance of favoritism. It would be inappropriate for me to comment before they have finished their work."

"In the meantime, my wife DeAndrea and I continue to pray for the complete recovery of the injured lady. We ask every citizen of Columbia to do the same."

- Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin

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