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Whellan on the mend
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Jo Clifton
Attorney Michael Whellan told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday that he has numerous cuts on his face as a result of a bicycle accident this weekend, but otherwise he was unhurt. Whellan, a partner at Armbrust & Brown, said he was riding his bike on a newly paved Highway 87, near Elgin, when he hit some loose gravel, flew off the bike and ended up in a ditch. A STAR Flight helicopter took him to a hospital, where a plastic surgeon stitched up “a lot of lacerations” on Whellan’s face. He noted that the mishap occurred near Lost Pines Cowboy Church and that the folks at the church were very nice to him. Whellan has been lead counsel on the zoning case currently called 4700 Riverside but widely nicknamed the “Domain on Riverside.” The project has generated considerable controversy. According to Planning and Zoning Director Jerry Rusthoven, 21 protesters opposed to the zoning change have been arrested on three separate occasions. Whellan said he was not sure whether he would be up for another round on Thursday, but his law partner, Richard Suttle, said he would handle the case if Whellan couldn’t.