Lincoln Mercury President Darryl Hazel is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Friday at a metropolitan Detroit hospital. Hazel injured his knee Wednesday, Feb. 12, when he slipped stepping off a Ford Motor Co. corporate jet in Chicago.
Hazel had traveled to Chicago to introduce the new Mercury Monterey minivan and Mercury Montego sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. Instead, he was examined at a Chicago hospital where his leg was immobilized. He then flew back to Detroit.
Hazel has been at home, using crutches. He is not expected to be admitted to the hospital overnight, but it won't be clear until after the surgery when he will be able to return to the office, a Lincoln Mercury spokesman said.
While Hazel might not be back in the office right away, his work won't stop. "He's got more electronic tethers than most of us," Lincoln Mercury spokesman Dan Bedore said.