Originally created 05/28/03

Nadeau leaves hospital for rehab center



RICHMOND, Va. -- Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was released from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center, nearly a month after crashing during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

Nadeau left the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center on Monday and was moved to the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation in Charlotte, N.C. Doctors said Nadeau was improving daily and "on an excellent recovery path," according to a news release Tuesday.

Nadeau sustained a head injury, a fractured shoulder blade and lung and rib injuries when his car slammed driver's side first into a wall May 2. He was upgraded to fair condition May 8 and regained full consciousness last week.