Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is traveling with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, uses a phone as he stands alongside Interstate 4 in Lakewood Crest, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 after the motorcade was stopped. The 12-year-old daughter of Sen. Rubio had been airlifted to a hospital after a Saturday motor vehicle accident. A Rubio spokesman reports that the girl is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AP2012
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's daughter was hospitalized this weekend after an apparent golf cart accident in Miami.
The daughter, Amanda, 12, suffered a concussion, according to the Miami Herald.
Amanda was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital late Saturday afternoon after the golf cart collision, which occurred in a private gated community, the Cuban-American senator’s office said. Rubio was on his way from two Florida rallies, where he was stumping for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to Tampa at the time of the accident. Romney's motorcade was stopped at about 6:45 p.m. so Rubio could leave and be by his daughter's side.
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant wrote in an email late Saturday that Amanda, who is the senator's oldest daughter, was in "fair condition" after the afternoon accident.
"While visiting with classmates, she was a passenger on a golf cart involved in a collision in a private gated community," Conant wrote. "She was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital with a head injury. She has been admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit."
According to The Miami Herald, a Romney spokeswoman said, "Governor Romney spoke with Senator Rubio and expressed his concern and hope for Amanda Rubio's quick recovery." President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also called to express their condolences.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, a family friend, said outside the hospital that Amanda "had a concussion" but was doing better, according to a video posted on The Herald's website.
"He is with her," Sosa said. "The family's next to her and he's already in the hospital.”
Rubio has four children. He kept his family in his hometown after being elected to the U.S. Senate, preferring to commute to Washington from his West Miami home.
With reporting by The Associated Press.