Dawnna Dukes says desk fell on her the night of Democratic forum


State Rep. Dawnna Dukes said a standing desk fell on her on Tuesday night.

Dukes was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates that night.

Dukes is seeking re-election in House District 46, which includes some of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes said an adjustable standing desk fell on her the night she was supposed to be at a forum for Travis County Democratic candidates.

“PAIN is indeed a 4 letter word; & full body sprains do hurt more than breaks,” Dukes, D-Austin, said in the post. “A varidesk hurts real bad when it slides into you and pens you hard on concrete.”

Dukes, who is seeking re-election in House District 46, sent a message Wednesday to the American-Statesman saying she’ll be OK.

Dukes said she was moving the desk out of her car and onto a device that would help her roll it into her home office. She said she hit a crack in the sidewalk, which caused the desk to destabilize.

“It slid into my abdominal area, slid onto my thigh as it further destabilized from horizontal position on (the) wheel,” she said. “The Varidesk’s weight knocked me off balance, my scarf became (pinned) between the shelving pulling my neck as the entire components jammed into my abdominal wall. I slipped without the ability to break my fall upon which the desk (pinned) me to the sidewalk.”

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Dukes in 2013 was involved in a serious car wreck on Interstate 35 that left her with injuries that prompted her to announce she was retiring in 2016. Dukes, who was facing corruption charges at the time, reconsidered and won the general election for her 12th term representing the district that includes some of East Austin, Pflugerville and Manor.

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Dukes in October.

“Today, I say this is a piece of cake in comparison to an auto accident or neck surgery,” she said of her injuries Tuesday. “However, it would not have been my statement yesterday. And tomorrow shall be another day.”

Dukes faces a crowded field in this year’s Democratic primary, led by local immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela III and former Austin City Council Member Sheryl Cole. Early voting starts next Tuesday. Election day is March 6.

Dukes, who has been heavily criticized for a series of absences and missed votes in the state Legislature, was absent from the forum Tuesday at Manor High School, according to KXAN-TV.

In her post Tuesday, Dukes praised the medical staff at the Austin Regional Clinic in Round Rock for caring for her.

“Barely four hours start to finish is record timing. X-ray tech was quite cheery performing almost 10 xrays covering shoulder, thoracic, lumbar, hip and thigh,” she wrote on Facebook.

Dukes maintained a sense of humor in the post.

“OUCH! Been there, done that and got the t-shirt! LMAO!” she added.

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