Prayer vigil for Deborah Rubens includes Mayor-elect

Steve Benjamin takes part in prayer vigil
Steve Benjamin takes part in prayer vigil

COLUMBIA (WIS) - Community members came together Sunday to pray for Deborah Rubens. She was critically injured last Wednesday in an early morning wreck that included Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin.

Five days after the accident that badly injured Deborah Rubens, Columbia's Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin, customers she waited on at the Clarion Hotel and people who have never met her came together to pray for her recovery.

The cause of the accident or who was at fault was not important during the hour long ceremony at Earlewood Park.  The sole focus was on a person, many say, had a bright spirit and always treated others as she wanted to be treated.

Community member Dean Slade said, "the events that happened may have taken us by surprise, but not God by surprise and we just have to trust that all things will work together for good and believe that this situation will work out for the Ruben family and Mayor Benjamin."

Benjamin declined to do an on camera interview at the vigil.

Sources close to the Rubens' family say she has been unconscious since the crash.  And has suffered multiple injuries and possibly brain damage.  Family members say there has not been any noticeable improvement in her condition.

The wreck happened just hours after Steve Benjamin became Columbia's first new mayor in 20 years.  At approximately 5:40am, Benjamin was going to media interviews when he hit Rubens' Toyota Tercel at the intersection of Gervais and Pickens in downtown Columbia.

The Columbia Police Department is still investigating the crash.

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