(July 24) MONTEREY, Calif. — The vice president of development for the Produce for Better Health Foundation, Wilmington, Del., has been hospitalized after an accident involving a cyclist while she was walking on an ocean path.

As of Tuesday morning, Claudia Wenzing was still in a lot of pain but was beginning to recognize those around her and was talking again, said PBH president Elizabeth Pivonka.

“The bleeding in her brain has stopped, but there is still some swelling,” Pivonka said. “They are watching it very closely.”

Wenzing was sent to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Sunday afternoon after she was hit from behind by a man on a bicycle, knocking her face-first to the rocky path’s curb. She hit her head, chipped some teeth, suffered gashes to her face, broke her hand and fractured her arm.

Wenzing had some bleeding in her brain after the crash and has had short-term memory problems and disorientation.

Pivonka said she could be in the hospital for the remainder of the week.

Steve Wilcox, who manages PBH’s catalog operations and warehouse, flew to Monterey to be with Wenzing. Doctors said they wouldn’t let her return home unless she was escorted.

Wenzing was in Monterey attending the 2002 Produce Industry Leadership Program, sponsored by the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association, Alexandria, Va., after the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference and Exposition.

In lieu of phone calls or visitors, Pivonka requested cards be sent to Wenzing’s PBH office or flowers be sent to Wenzing in Room 2310 at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Pensile, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey, Calif., 93940.

She had 55 flowers in her hospital room as of early Tuesday.