Updated: County Executive Hurt in Bike Accident
DiVincenzo fell while riding his bike in Brookdale Park.
This story was updated on Tuesday, June 21 at 1:45 p.m.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. was back on the job Tuesday after spending three nights in the hospital following a bike accident Saturday that bruised his ribs, county officials said.
Anthony Puglisi, public information officer for the county, said DiVincenzo was released this morning. He said DiVincenzo was riding his bike in Brookdale Park shortly after 1 p.m. when he ran into a concrete bench. Puglisi said DiVincenzo was "distracted" and didn't see the bench.
"You can tell he's a little sore, but everything is back to normal," said Puglisi. He said DiVincenzo, 59, was only bruised and did not break any bones. He was held at University Hospital as a "precaution."
"He's doing fine, he hit his side and they're keeping him overnight to make sure," said Puglisi on Saturday. He said DiVincenzo hurt both sides of his ribs and was in "some pain and discomfort" but never lost consciousness.
Puglisi said DiVincenzo regularly visits the park and was exercising as part of his weekend routine when he was injured.
"He's an athletic guy and a former athlete," said Puglisi. DiVincenzo, now in his third term as county executive, played football at Barringer High School in Newark and at college, and tried out to be professional football player.