L. Brooks Patterson Released From Hospital
The Oakland County Executive was injured in a crash five weeks ago today.
Five weeks after suffering almost a dozen broken bones in a car accident in Auburn Hills, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has been released from the hospital.
According to a press release from his office, Patterson was discharged from McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac on Friday and will continue his rehabilitation at an undisclosed location.
"I’ve made great progress under the outstanding care of the staff at McLaren Oakland Hospital," Patterson said in a statement included in the news release. "I look forward to continuing the healing process so that I can return to the Executive Office building soon."
Patterson has been hospitalized since Aug. 10 when the car he was riding in crashed into another car at an Auburn Hills intersection. According to police reports, the second car failed to yield at a flashing yellow turn signal, causing the crash.
Patterson broke a hip, leg, ankle, five ribs and both wrists.
Anthony Prainito, the driver of the Volkswagen Passat that Patterson's Chrysler 300 crashed into at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke, was charged with a misdemeanor in the crash. He pleaded not guilty.
Patterson's car was driven by his longtime driver, James Cram. Neither Cram nor Patterson were wearing seatbelts when the cars crashed; Patterson's seatbelt was found buckled behind the passenger seat.
Cram remains hospitalized.