LORAIN — City Councilwoman Anne Molnar, D-at large, said she takes pride in never missing Council meetings.
The 86-year-old Molnar said she had only missed one meeting in 12 years until Monday. Her absence was because of a car crash around 2:35 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of East 28th Street. Molnar said she blacked out while driving her Pontiac G-6 and hit a utility pole. Molnar, who was recovering Monday at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, said she woke up and her airbag had deployed and the Pontiac was demolished.
Molnar said she is sore from the crash but doesn’t have any other injuries. She said a man who is a city worker was passing by and came to her aid.
“I said, ‘You know, I’ll be all right. I’m just going to shake off the glass and I think I’ll walk home,’” Molnar said. “He said, ‘I don’t think you are.’ So he called the ambulance.”
Molnar was hospitalized at Mercy Regional Medical Center and later transferred to the Cleveland Clinic. Molnar said she will be undergoing surgery for aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the heart valve that obstructs blood flow. Molnar said she didn’t know if the condition may have caused her to faint, but she has never fainted before.
Molnar served four terms from 1998 through 2005 before being defeated in 2005. She regained office in 2009 and will complete her seventh term Dec. 31 after being defeated in the May primary.
Feisty and outspoken, Molnar hasn’t let age affect her attendance. She attended meetings in a cast after breaking her left shoulder in 2010 after tripping on a microphone cord during a Council meeting.
Molnar, a widowed mother of four, last year said she was retiring but changed her mind and ran again. Molnar said she wanted to improve conditions for elderly residents at the John F. Kennedy Plaza, an apartment complex at 1730 Broadway.
Molnar wants to remove younger, mentally disabled tenants from the apartment complex and is trying to get the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to change its rules to allow the separation.
“I don’t give up easily,” she wrote in a Wednesday Chronicle-Telegram letter to the editor.
Molnar, who said she’s received about 15 calls from well-wishers, said she expects the surgery to occur this week and plans to attend the next Council meeting Sept. 3.
“I’ll leave it in the hands of the Lord, and I’ll leave it up to the doctors,” she said.