Former Air Force Secretary stuck by car while crossing road, receives spinal injury

Pat Dagle, chief of the Force Protection Division, briefs former Air Force Secretary Deborah James and other dignitaries, including U.S. Reps Seth Moulton and Katherine Clark, center, in August 2015. Dagle is set to retire this month after more than 36 years of civilian service at Hanscom Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav)

Former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was struck by a car during a morning walk last week.

She was struck as she began to cross a street in her Virginia neighborhood on June 17.  James suffered broken vertebrae during the accident, which was severe enough for her to be was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

James told the Air Force Times she believes the driver failed to see her because the driver only looked left while making a right turn at a red traffic light.

The accident has postponed her book tour, board duties, and speaking engagements due to a four to six week recovery period.

“I’m in some pain, but I’m dealing with it,” James said. “Each passing day, it improves a bit. This is just a bump in the road.”

James’ book tour is promoting “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success,” a book she published that Spring that discusses her time as the Air Force’s top civilian leader.

According to James, the driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

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