Patterson releases first statement since crash

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson released his first official statement Tuesday since the Aug. 10 accident in which he and two other individuals were victims of the driver of a Volkswagen Passat who has been charged with three misdemeanors for turning in front of Patterson's Chrysler 300.

"I'm on the mend and look forward to returning to the office soon," Patterson said. "I broke a hip, leg, ankle, five ribs, and both wrists in the accident and they need some time to heal. I just completed my first week of intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation and am pleased to report it went very well."

"My staff meets with me daily and they have done an outstanding job handling day-to-day operations. My team remains committed to continuing to implement my enduring goal of making Oakland County among the best places to live, work, play, and raise a family."

Meanwhile, Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson gives Patterson daily briefings on county issues. "Our economic development report card for August 2012 included another $4.5 million in new investment and 100 new jobs," Patterson said. "These companies can expand/locate anywhere, and they choose Oakland County because of the great business environment and a quality of life that is second to none."

On Tuesday, Patterson marked the beginning of his second week in the rehabilitation unit at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. And while no firm date has been set for his discharge, Patterson plans to provide weekly updates on his recovery as it progresses.

Published: Thu, Sep 6, 2012