Don Williams and Martin Looney
A state senator from Stonington is in serious condition at a Rhode Island hospital after falling from an outside staircase at his home.
Stonington Police told The Day of New London newspaper that a neighbor witnessed Andrew Maynard, 52, fall from a "significant height," landing on a sidewalk. The incident happened at about 2:39 am on Monday morning.
"Senator Maynard suffered an injury while at home over the weekend," the Senate Democratic leadership said in a statement. "Family members are with him now, at an area hospital, and are caring for him. His family is asking for privacy while he convalesces."
While the fall appears to have been an accident, police said the matter remains under investigation.
Maynard, the Democratic co-chairman of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, received public, bipartisan well-wishes from Senate leaders as well as Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his loved ones," Malloy and Wyman said. "Working with him has been an honor and a privilege. He is a powerful voice for his district and for the issues he cares about. We join the rest of our colleagues in wishing him a full and fast recovery."
Besides Stonington, Maynard's district includes Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, and Voluntown.
This report includes information from The Associated Press.