Brattleboro Selectboard Chair injured in bike accident; family says he’s recovering well

BRATTLEBORO — The family of Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein confirmed that he is recovering after a serious bicycle accident in Putney over the weekend.

“He's going to be fine; he just needs some time,” said his wife, Liz Gartenstein.

She said that her husband is alert and will return home from the hospital within a couple of days.

She added that he sustained several fractured ribs when he fell from his bicycle on Holland Hill Road on June 8. A slight lung puncture is expected to heal without medical intervention.

Liz Gartenstein said that although her husband has no memory of the accident, his short- and long-term memory are fine.

Under town rules, Board Vice-Chair Kate O'Connor will chair Selectboard meetings in Gartenstein's absence.

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