Joe Montana Postpones Santa Clara Appearance Following Accident

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Hall of Fame football player Joe Montana’s much-anticipated presentation on a luxury hotel project at Tuesday night’s Santa Clara City Council meeting has been put on hold until he recovers from injuries he suffered at his Calistoga ranch over the weekend.

His attorney, Robert Mezzetti, said Montana was driving around in a small car on his ranch, and in an attempt to avoid hitting his daughter, veered off into nearby woods and hit a tree.

He was taken to a hospital and received treatment for a number of injuries, including a black eye that required stitches, chest pain, and leg injury, Mezzetti said.

He has been released, but Mezzetti said they have asked the city council for a continuance until Montana is recovered.

Montana was supposed to present a proposal to lease and develop a luxury hotel on two city-owned parcels of land north of Tasman Avenue, across from the planned stadium for the San Francisco 49ers next to the Great America theme park.

The hotel would include an upscale restaurant and would open for business around the same time that the stadium is scheduled to open, in fall 2015.

“He’s excited about the project,” Mezzetti said. “It looks like a win-win for everybody.”

The meeting had not yet been rescheduled, but Councilman Kevin Moore said he is looking forward to hearing about the project when Montana recovers.

“For this guy, it will just be another comeback for him. We’ll have to wait a couple of weeks, but the main thing is he’s healthy.”

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