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San Jose mayor continues to recover after being hit by a car

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will miss the first City Council meeting of 2019 as he recovers from being struck by a vehicle while on his bicycle on New Year’s Day.

Liccardo was hit by an SUV while biking in the 600 block of Salt Lake Drive near the Alum Rock neighborhood at about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. He suffered fractured vertebrae, a fractured sternum and was discharged from the hospital last Wednesday.

Liccardo said during a news conference at Regional Medical Center of San Jose:

“The good news is — as you can tell — I’m walking. … I feel very, very fortunate to be walking because of the incredible care I had here and the incredible attention I had [at the scene].”

He is currently working from home and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco is chairing Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Liccardo’s office said it will provide updates later about his return.

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