Rep. Larry Womble released from hospital

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Democratic North Carolina Rep. Larry Womble has been released from the hospital after months of hospitalization following a deadly wreck, a hospital spokesperson confirmed Monday.

A spokesperson with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Monday that Womble had been released from the hospital. The 70-year-old state house representative was critically injured in a head-on crash that killed David Allen Carmichael, 54, near his Winston-Salem home on Dec. 2.  He has been unable to speak since the crash, although his condition was upgraded to “good” on Jan. 24.

Police said Carmichael, who was a neighbor of Womble’s, had a blood-alcohol level of .29 at the time of the crash.  However, police also said Womble crossed the center line before the crash occurred.

Specific details about what day he left the hospital or whether he has regained his ability to speak were not immediately available.  A family spokesperson said in January that Womble was responding well to speech.

Womble’s condition remained fairly stable throughout his stay at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he underwent a series of surgeries in the months after the crash.

There has been some speculation about whether or not Womble would be able to return to Raleigh when the legislature goes into session this month.

Susan Campbell, Democratic Party Chair of Forsyth County, said in January that Sen. Linda Garrou and Rep. Earline Parmon have each taken up Womble’s causes in his absence.  Womble’s staff attended committee meetings during his hospital stay and Rep. Parmon has been taking calls from those under Womble’s representation.

Officials with Womble’s office said he’s not considering resignation.

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