Police say Vinehout wasn't wearing seatbelt

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol says Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout was not wearing a seatbelt during last month's crash that severely injured her arm and sidelined her potential run for governor.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that the State Patrol report says Vinehout was sitting in the backseat of her 2008 Toyota Avalon on Dec. 8 during a heavy snowfall when the crash occurred on Interstate 94 in Racine County.

Vinehout underwent an eight-hour reconstructive surgery on her broken arm and continues to recover at home.

Vinehout has been considering running for governor. Former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke is the only announced Democratic candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Vinehout was not ticketed in the accident.

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