AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Surveillance video from a liquor store showed the moments just before the Oakland County Executive’s car crashed in Auburn Hills.
L. Brooks Patterson is still in stable condition and doctors do not know when he will be released from the hospital.
The video came from Harry’s Market at the intersection of Walton Blvd. and Opdyke in Auburn Hills just before 4pm Friday.
“I heard a big boom so I thought it probably was my liquor guy dropped a case or something,” said Steven Qarana, the owner of the store. He had been helping a customer and walked outside the store. He saw the mangled cars but did not hear a sound coming from them.
The speed limit is posted as 45 miles per hour and in the surveillance video you can see traffic is moving steadily down Walton just before the car accident. The video shows a white delivery truck pull into the top right frame. Two black cars traveling east bound on Walton, the same way Patterson’s car was driving, passed behind the truck and then the crash happened. Traffic at Walton and Opdyke slowly came to a stop.
“Real bad, the two cars that were smashed. The black car all front of it was smashed,” said Qarana. The car he references is the car with L. Brooks Patterson and his driver. The driver is a retired Michigan State Trooper deputized to work with Patterson.
“I seen one guy from the other car get out and start walking to the black car,” said Qarana.
The other car, the light blue Volkswagon, crashed through the road sign. The 31-year old driver from Royal Oak and his passenger suffered serious injuries. Emergency services took everyone to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard spoke with 7 Action News by phone about Patterson’s condition.
“He’s been doing better, his condition has been upgraded. He has some serious injuries, pretty banged up. Thankfully, nothing appears to be life threatening at all,” said Sheriff Bouchard.
Patterson’s driver suffered the brunt of the crash.
“Everyone is just being available and saying their prayers and for him, and especially his driver who is very seriously injured,” said Bouchard.
The driver has been transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for his more serious injuries.
Police believe the driver of the other car is at fault after a preliminary investigation but the driver has not been issued a ticket yet. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The roadways were not wet until about a half hour after the accident when a storm rolled through the area.
A spokesperson for L. Brooks Patterson has asked people to not send anymore flowers to the Oakland County Executive at the hospital, if they want to do something they can send a donation to The Brooksie Way, P.O. Box 81576, Rochester, MI 48308.
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