Eugenics task force members and forced-sterilization victims paid tribute to Rep. Larry Womble as the champion behind the movement to win compensation for victims.
Womble, 70, is hospitalized in critical condition in Winston-Salem after a two-car, head-on accident that killed the other driver, David Carmichael.
A police investigation determined that Womble crossed the center line of a Winston-Salem road at about 11 p.m. Friday night.
Rep. Earline Parmon, a friend of Womble's said he underwent another surgery this morning.
In addition to statements of support at the meeting, Dr. Laura Gerald, head of the task force considering compensation amounts for eugenics victims, and Charmaine Fuller Cooper, director of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, released prepared statements.
From Gerald: “Today marks the first time we have gathered as a Task Force without him in the room. We send our prayers and well wishes to Rep. Womble and his family as he fights to recover from his injuries. We likewise extend condolences to the family of Mr. David Carmichael.”
From Cooper: "Rep. Womble has fought on behalf of eugenics victims for years and always states that he is not finished until justice is found. I am proud to know him. As the Task Force moves forward, the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation will continue to carry out the Governor’s directives to assist victims and asks the media and the public to persist in helping us to reach out to those affected by the state’s former Eugenics Board program.”