County Executive, Royal Oak Driver Not Wearing Seat Belts in Crash
Due to the extent of injuries that occurred in the crash, the case will be presented to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office.
Preliminary findings released by the Auburn Hills Police Department Monday show Oakland County Executive L. Brook Patterson, his driver and a 31-year-old Royal Oak man involved in a crash on Friday were not wearing seat belts.
Due to the extent of injuries that occurred in the accident at the intersection of E. Walton Blvd. and N. Opdyke Blvd., the case will be presented to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office when police complete their investigation, according to a press release. No decision will be made on tickets until after the prosecutor reviews the case, according to police.
A preliminary investigation revealed a Chrysler 300 driven by a 60-year-old Owosso resident with Patterson as the passenger was headed eastbound on Walton Blvd. and entered the intersection of Opdyke Rd. with a green traffic signal. A Volkswagen Passat driven by a Royal Oak man was traveling westbound on Walton Blvd. turning onto southbound Opdyke Road. The Passat driver had a 51-year-old Fraser man as a passenger.
According to police reports, it appears the driver of the Passat failed to yield the right of way causing the crash. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident.
Patterson remains hospitalized and is in stable condition and recovering from orthopedic injuries at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac, his staff has said. According to a statement released Monday afternoon by Patterson's office, Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson met with Patterson’s staff Monday morning to go over county business.
"Brooks’ team has been in place a long time,” Poisson said. “They all do a great job."