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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