LANCASTER – Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith was injured in a traffic collision late Saturday afternoon, city officials said in a statement.
According to the statement, Smith and his son Matt were en route to a family event, when they were hit by a pickup truck. Smith was immediately transported to UC Irvine Medical trauma center, where a MRI later revealed back and neck injuries.
Smith underwent neck surgery at UCI this morning (Jan. 6). Although not considered an emergency, the procedure was deemed urgent to prevent future complications.
Smith is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery in six to eight weeks, according to Lancaster city officials.
“Ron has served the City of Lancaster with distinction for quite a number of years,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a city news release. “We all wish him a full and speedy recovery, and look forward to having him rejoin us on the City Council as soon as possible.”