Return likely for Reynoso

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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A Sierra College trustee seriously injured in a June car accident is on the mend and likely to return to work, according to her husband. Elaine Rowen Reynoso, who represents Area 4 of the Sierra Joint Community College District, spent 40 days in ICU at a Virginia hospital in a drug-induced coma after the rented Volkswagen Jetta she was riding in was hit by a Hummer on a trip to Washington, D.C. Her husband, and the driver in her vehicle – former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, was also injured, but not seriously. Cruz Reynoso choked up when he spoke about the support his wife had received from the community when he delivered an update on his wife’s condition at Tuesday’s Sierra College Board of Trustees meeting. “We’re taken aback by the support,” Cruz Reynoso said. “It is serious, but we’re hopeful for a full recovery.” Cruz Reynoso said his wife was resting at a home in Davis and can walk with a walker. He said she enjoys reading, but was homebound for a month or so while she is enduring rehabilitation. The Reynosos were reportedly attending an American Constitution Society convention in Washington, D.C., where Cruz Reynoso had been a panelist. The couple’s grandson was also in the vehicle when the accident happened June 20. Trustee Barbara Vineyard expressed sympathy for her fellow board member and offered her own condolences. “We’ll keep her in our prayers,” Vineyard said. Reynoso was elected to the board in 2008 and has the seat until 2012. Reynoso did not give the trustees a date for her return. Public speculation about her seat had surfaced after news of the seriousness of the crash, but Cruz Reynoso said his wife is interested in Sierra College issues through the newspaper and is eager to return.