State Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, will miss the rest of the House session this week after his colleagues said he was involved in a “serious” collision Tuesday night.
Govan told the Orangeburg Times & Democrat he was on his way to a television interview in downtown Columbia when his car was struck by another vehicle just before 11 p.m. He was taken to a nearby hospital, treated, then released a little around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
He would not talk about the extent of his injuries, but said he hopes to make “a full, complete recovery.” Govan did say he is taking medications to deal with ongoing pain from the crash.
House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, asked the chamber to pray for Govan and said the legislator’s car had “flipped two or three times” from the collision.
The loss of the 23-year Statehouse veteran comes at a particularly trying time for Orangeburg County’s legislative delegation. Govan is an alumnus of South Carolina State University and is one of the school’s most prominent advocates in the House. He had been traveling to the television station for an interview on the ongoing debate over the school at the time of the crash.
While he opposed the current effort by some House members to close the school until its finances are restored, Govan had said he shared some of the same frustrations about SC State leaders. At the time of the crash, he had been working with the House and Legislative Black Caucus to find an alternative plan.