Fred Hubbell, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor, was hit by a car while riding a bicycle earlier this year in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hubbell, who will be 68 this week, was riding in the bike lane of a Scottsdale street Feb. 15 when a driver failed to yield before making a right turn on a red light, his wife, Charlotte Hubbell, said.

The former Equitable Life Insurance Co. and Younkers executive spent more than two weeks in a hospital in Scottsdale, where the Hubbells own a home. He underwent multiple surgeries for a broken pelvis.


Two months after the collision, Hubbell is on a long road to recovery.

“Every day, every other day, he is able to do something he hadn’t been able to do,” Charlotte Hubbell said from the couple’s Des Moines home where the retired businessman is recuperating.

“That’s a positive,” she said, “but this will take time.”

In addition to the broken pelvis, Fred Hubbell also has a dislocated hip joint. He expects to learn in two to three weeks whether hip replacement surgery is needed. Because the damage is from a trauma-related injury rather than wear-and-tear, Charlotte said the surgery would be more complicated.

As a result of his injuries, Fred can’t put weight on his right leg and must use a walker to get around, which limits his activity.

“He’s bored,” Charlotte said, “but in spite of everything, I think he’s in good spirits. He still has his sense of humor.”

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