Secretary of Commerce Natalie Shirley was taken to the hospital this morning after she apparently fell off her scooter. Word from her staff this afternoon is that Shirley suffered minor cuts and bruises, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Nothing is broken, said Beth Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Commerce.
Shirley was riding her Vespa-type scooter to work and took a spill near NE 10th Street and Stiles Avenue. Shirley was wearing a helmet and no other vehicles were involved, Schmidt said.
Shirley was alert and talking at the scene when emergency crews arrived, Schmidt said.
Shirley was taken to the OU Medicial Center for treatment and appears to have only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Gov. Brad Henry named Shirley the executive director of the Commerce Department in 2007.