President’s husband hurt in minor traffic accident

José María Rico, the husband of President Laura Chinchilla, suffered an injured left arm about 10 a.m. Thursday when he was involved in a minor accident in Pozos de Santa Ana.

The 77-year-old Rico lives in the vicinity. Casa Presidencial issued a release on the accident and said that Rico had been taken to Hospital CIMA for treatment. Later in the day, Casa Presidencial said he had been released from the hospital and was resting at home.

The Spanish press made much of the accident. La Nación provided readers with a graphic that showed the accident happened at an intersection. News media also reported that traffic police said Rico was driving with an expired license.

Having an expired license results in a fine of more than 100,000 colons, about $200.

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