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Statement on Car Accident Involving Professor Cruz Reynoso

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jun 24, 2010

Dear Law School Community,

By now, many of you have heard that Professor Reynoso was involved in a serious car accident in Virginia over the weekend.  He and his wife are recovering in a Virginia hospital.  The Law School, with the consent of the Reynoso family, drafted the following statement.  We seek to balance the privacy of the family and the inevitable and tremendous interest in knowing what happened among Professor Reynoso's many, many friends and supporters.

The Reynoso family thanks you for your care and concern.

I will keep you posted as we learn more.  In the meantime, let us hope for a smooth and speedy recovery for Cruz and Elaine.



Statement on Car Accident Involving Professor Cruz Reynoso
June 24, 2010

UC Davis School of Law Professor Emeritus and former California State Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, wife Elaine Rowen Reynoso, and Cruz's grandson are recovering after sustaining injuries in a car accident on Sunday, June 20, while traveling in Virginia.  Their rental car and an SUV were involved in the crash.  Cruz and Elaine Reynoso are resting in serious condition at a Virginia-area hospital.  The grandson sustained minor injuries and has returned to California. 

The Reynoso family wishes to thank the Law School community, friends, and well-wishers for their expressions of kindness.  In a statement, the family said, "The last four days have been extremely difficult, and we want to thank everyone who has offered their love and support.  We continue to be in touch with Justice Reynoso and Elaine during their recovery.  We ask that you respect our privacy in this difficult time.

"All of us at UC Davis School of Law are very concerned about Justice Reynoso and Elaine.  My heart goes out to the Reynoso family.  They are in our thoughts and prayers," said UC Davis School of Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "I've known Cruz Reynoso for more than 20 years.  He is an invaluable member of the Law School community and a dear friend.  Let us hope for a speedy recovery for Cruz and Elaine."

For information on sending cards or contributions (in lieu of flowers), the family asks that inquiries be directed to the Law Office of Medina & Reid Reynoso at (209) 745-4411.