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After an accident caused by complications from injuries from last fall, Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson is taking an extended, and indefinite, leave of absence from the web site he started nearly 19 years ago.
Thompson, severely injured in a near-fatal motorcycle accident last fall while on assignment for a newspaper in Virginia, fell when his still-recovering right leg — broken in that accident — gave way while he was photographing and filming a music concert near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
“Sadly, it is obvious that my recovery is not complete enough to allow me to work at a necessary level to do my job,” he said after the incident left him unable to complete the assignment at the event and he was forced to return to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Thompson is scheduled for x-rays and other tests in Roanoke, Virginia, but doctors have already made it clear to him that it is too soon for him to return to the kind of schedule he worked before the accident nearly 10 months ago.
The longtime journalist and photographer laid his 2009 Harley Davidson down on the pavement of U.S. 221 South of Cave Spring, Virginia, to try and avoid hitting an all-black cow on a dark road late at night while returning from a sports photographic assignment.
He suffered multiple broken bones, severe facial injuries, a dislocated right eye and traumatic brain injury in the accident and spent 44 days in the hospital, including 17 days in critical condition.
“Economic realities made it necessary for me to try and return to work as soon as I could,” he said, “but medical, physical and mental realities now make it necessary to concentrate on continuing my recovery. I am told now that it could be months, not weeks, before I can reach a point to even consider returning.”