L. Brooks Patterson, from Hospital Bed: 'I'm On the Mend'

The Oakland County executive details his injuries and talks about his physical rehab in a statement released Tuesday.

At the start of his second week in the rehabilitative unit at McLaren Hopsital in Pontiac, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Tuesday that physical therapy is going well and that he hopes to return to work soon.

"I just completed my first week of intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation and am pleased to report it went very well," said Patterson in a statement released by his office via email. 

"I’m on the mend and look forward to returning to the office soon.

Patterson has been hospitalized since Aug. 10 when the car he was riding in crashed into another car at an Auburn Hills intersection. at a flashing yellow turn signal, causing the crash.

"I broke a hip, leg, ankle, five ribs and both wrists in the accident and they need some time to heal," Patterson said.

Anthony Prainito, the driver of the Volkswagen Passat that Patterson's Chrysler 300 crashed into at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke, was  in the crash. He pleaded not guilty. As part of his release on bond, Prainito surrendered his driver's license. On Tuesday, Prainito was granted special permission to drive to and from work, according to a report in the Detroit News.

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 . Patterson did not allude to the seatbelts in his prepared statement this week.

Instead, he took time to praise his staff for keeping things running smoothly in the county.

“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.”

No firm date has been set for Patterson's discharge. 

Patterson, 73, has been the county executive for 18 years. After receiving an influx of flowers at the hospital during the weekend after his crash, Patterson's staff asked that get-well-soon gifts be sent as a donation to , the half-marathon race in Rochester that Patterson founded five years ago.

The donations will help fund Brooksie Way Minigrants, which are awarded to Oakland County organizations that promote health and wellness. They are still being accepted at: The Brooksie Way; P.O. Box 81576; Rochester, MI 48308.

Greg Pawlica September 05, 2012 at 04:11 AM
What also fails to (EVER) be mentioned is that Mr. Patterson has a "driver", which is paid for with county tax-payer money, because Mr. Patterson had a habit of driving while under the infuence of alcohol...for which he has never been charged.
Scot Beaton September 05, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Mr. Patterson, We met once in your Oakland County office -- thanks again for your time; you asked what my current job was -- (the meeting was about an upcoming state rep race) -- my response was the advertising industry and I teased you about your great voice. You told me a great personal story about your failed attempt in your younger years trying to get that 'first job' as a writer at Campbell-Ewald. Mr. Patterson, now you are faced with an incredible advertising opportunity... are you catching my -- drift here? You owe our community a first hand TV testimonial spot on how... only idiots don't wear seat belts. P.S. You should write the 30-second spot too
Scot Beaton September 05, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Mr. Patterson, Suggested visual background for your new TV commercial -- you at the blackboard writing over and over again "I will learn next time I get in a car I will not be an idiot and wear my seat belt." Or a great 10-second public service spot could be you wearing a dunce cap sitting in the corner of a class room -- you look up at the camera -- I'll let you write the words. P.S. I'm serious don't hide behind this mistake -- be the man you are; and come forward with this blunder of yours, do some public service commercials -- your spots will gain national attention and save lives.
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 11:36 AM
@Greg we mention in this story and in all of our previous stories about the accident that Patterson has a driver. If, as you say, he "has never been charged," then the reasonings are hearsay. Let's stick to the topic.
Shirley Robertson September 05, 2012 at 11:58 AM
More importantly, why aren't we changing the law so that all people in the car must be buckled up? What kind of idiocy is it that only the front seat passengers must wear a seat belt - as if the rear of the car isn't impacted from a front end accident, or the rear of the car is never part of a collision. You'd have to be insane these days to not wear a seatbelt regardless of your location in the car...
Just Honest September 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Why did the driver of the VW loose his license when Patterson wasnt wearing his seatbelt? Because of his position in the community?!?! What a joke!
Virginia September 05, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Scot, I like your idea very much. Although it sounds like it will be a while before he's writing anything... Appallingly bad decision not to wear a seat belt. I'd be willing to bet his injuries would have been minor if he'd just obeyed the law.
Haulin T Male September 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
This is what is called blog creep....... I agree, Greg you use to poop your pants also, till you discovered how not to....... I agree the monitors should keep all posts to the lead point, did he ????? whoops should not address his advancing area.
Haulin T Male September 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You have to be insane to leave home, with out your Bubble Wrap. on
Emilie B. September 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Good question. I wonder if everyone would have walked away had seatbelts been worn.
Ardy September 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
No, Kristin, it's called "Executive Privilege". It's exampled here again whereas Mr. Brooks was not wearing a seat belt and was not ticketed. It's nice that there are cracks for things like this for Brookise; me or you would get the full treatment. Brooksie is a well known drunk around town and his runs with the law are common knowledge. Yes, Kristen, let's stay on topic ...
Tax Tax September 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Ya keep voting him back in. Generally, the voters elect the politicians they deserve.
Tax Tax September 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
You met in his county office to discuss a partisan political race? Huh? Shouldn't the both of you do it on your own time and not using LBP's government office? Oops!
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
@Ardy - I understand Executive Privilege. However, regardless of the rumors about a person's past or the evidence of a person's mistakes (i.e. not wearing a seatbelt) I am personally having a hard time getting past the fact that there is a man who is recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car accident. Actually, two men are still recovering. Sometimes I feel like I am alone in this discussion, but shouldn't that be the immediate focus? Making sure they recover?
Trees September 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Not wearing seatbelts AND speeding about 10mph over the limit. Arrogance! I feel no sympathy for him whatsoever. His injuries were made worse by both factors. "Laws are for others" is his attitude. BOO HISS!!!
Judy September 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Have you ALWAYS put on your seatbelt? I think most people have had an occasion where they were not belted in. Mr. Patterson has endured much pain and suffering. His car was not at fault. Should he be ridiculed just because of his position? I think not. Let's pray for his recovery and not "kick a guy when he is down.".
Daryl Patrishkoff September 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I agree with Kristin, you are not alone. Let’s all pray for all of them to recover quickly and completely. We are talking about human beings that have learned a lesson in life the hard way and have plenty of healing to do. Having come out of knee surgery recently I understand the long hard work and Physical Therapy to get back to normal, believe me they have some work to do and need to focus on that at this time. When all are well, then have the debate and punishments. To turn this into a partisan political discussion is in poor taste. I am wishing them all a speedy recovery and keeping them in my prayers.
Haulin T Male September 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I was directed here by email, but I seer Patch did some censoring, or Heidi Bowen deleted it.??? I was wondering every time she goes 10 over on a rather large roads, did she go and turn her self in? as far as 10 over, was obtained how? through the black Box? did the police or media, obtained the info by ???? this info release could just throw the whole case out of court, if it were to go....... also some one said Patterson's car hit the V'dub, again I was told it was the other way around,, no matter what you can't turn in front of oncoming traffic......
Brian Smith September 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Kristin and Daryl are absolutely right. Attacking a man in his hospital bed is the height of cowardice and poor taste. Not to mention that Brooks is 73 years old and no one on this thread can match his work ethic, energy or dedication to Oakland County, which he has made the envy of the country. As for Pawlica, suffice it to say that he has been a stain on Ferndale's fabric for years now. Wishing you a speedy recovery Brooks, Oakland County and Ferndale need you back and healthy.
Tamara September 06, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I agree with you Daryl. We are all human beings that learn things the hard way sometimes. I have to think he has learned the importance of a seatbelt now that half his body has breaks in it (from what it sounds like). I would like him to come out and speak on the mistake - it would show integrity to admit his mistake and to help others learn from it. Lastly, bashing politicians is not getting us anywhere people. Let's be on the same team and save our energy for working toward solutions and getting the right people out there to represent us. We need it!
Haulin T Male September 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
How many of these go to the throat females, have not jack the skirt, fluffed the blouse, and turn the tears on ? My sons wife says it works for her..... huh....... shame on the double standard,,,,,,,,,,,
Virginia September 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Not kicking him when he's down or ridiculing him. His decision to not buckle up was both illegal and stupid. He's a smart guy who did a dumb thing and he should be held to the same standard as the rest of us; the argument could be made that he should be held to a higher standard because he IS a leader and should set an example. A cop sure wouldn't take "oh I usually buckle my belt, I just forgot this once" as an excuse when he wrote Joe Ordinary Citizen a ticket. And yes I do buckle up EVERY TIME. I thank God I was buckled up when I was broadsided a few months ago.
Tamara September 07, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I agree there should be no special privileges when it comes to the law and any person. Virginia saying a leader should be held to a higher standard and setting the good example was well put.
Haulin T Male September 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
V'gin, because you say your not, the way I read you , you are, With what the Police see every day, I trust they know pretty well when a ticket is deserved and when lesson is learned. For a lay person, a female at that brow beats, is just self serving.
Virginia September 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
@haulin: the facts are the facts. Because you choose to ignore them does not make them less so. "A female that brow beats"? Jeebus. Not even sure what that means. But in case you think I could get out of a ticket by batting my eyelashes at a presumably male police officer, you could not be more wrong. Middle aged women don't get a lot of breaks :)
Haulin T Male September 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
What are the facts Virginia? your only giving 50% of the facts, give all the facts, instead of being out for blood. Did I say PD's see "stuff" all the time, do they give tickets to every thing, or every one?? If you had kids, did you reprimand them on every little thing........... WHY NOT? they did some thing wrong. The PD gave a ticket to the driver at fault, amen. just like you didn't do your kids on every thing, you weight the out come. and pick and choose, when a lesson can be taught. Yes Cougars can blink their way out of Ticket. Football officials will tell you they could throw a flag on every play, you learn to throw the flag on the offence, that effected the play. catch my drift. County employee's are paying enough for trying to make life easier, they hurt no one, but them selves........ as for the so called speeding, DO you KNOW if the on board black box was tested for accuracy ? if it was how long ago? was it jarred, going down a wash board road, in North Oakland Co.? one of the reasons why some issue don't get a ticket, is it worth a jury trial? you know we pay the bill.
Haulin T Male September 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Here is a true story, this pass May.My neighbor,was taking his wife and two boys under 3 (?) to his M I L house no of Marquette7+ hr trip. names and most locations left out. I get a Text, from side of the road,the rest of the story. Top Gun, was driving, in the Seney wildlife area, (50 miles of perfect straight road) slows down for City of Munising, out side of, he ramps it back up, MSP, pulls up behind, lights whole 9 yards.The boys settled down, their in awe, the officer, do you know."yes sir I was doing 72 mph". do u know it is 55 zone? yes sir, where u from where u headed? from a small town down state. Headed to Isp'g. to my MIL's . "Sit while I run the info" He came back and DID NOT give him a ticket ! WHY? Hang On. He came back "I know where the small town is I am from there, My Mother is the Mayor Your good & bad luck, end of my shift, reason I was following, Marq. is my post. so for the next 45 miles they had an observer all the way. lol. I get the text,Wife, " I guess ???? has a son in MSP", me, omg yes she does, so he is the one? My text back was: 1) did top gun get off because of Mayor MOM? 2) he was so self incriminating? honest,?" 3) the Lic. plate, "VET" 4) his Military Lic. that has the two tours in Iraq on it, april,Top Gun - I think he was a dad w/ young kids, T G's wife Mich, I leaned over and "blinked at Him"..he asked the kids if they liked their dad, Yep, well be good your almost to Grand ma's . T G could of done harm, a warning did more
Sara Nolte September 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Word salad. What does your obvious disdain for women have to do with this story? I'd have no problem with any of this if he is paying his drivers salary out of his own and not taxpayer money. Ultimately he paid the price for not wearing a seatbelt. Just like helmet less bikers will have more injuries and death due to not wearing helmets- except that they are not disregarding the law when they make that choice. Bottom line yes BP should acknowledge his disregard of the law. And his drivers salary should not be paid by taxpayers. I wish him well in his recovery.
Haulin T Male September 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Kristen yr not alone, you are hearing from blood thirsty ah ha we have a chance to really throw the book at some one. Police see a lot, they do not go after every infraction, an infraction gives PD the right to stop an make contact, to "smell" out to see if every thing is ok. Then they can make the decision to go further. They will go further if they feel JUSTICE was not served, in this case JUSTICE was served, but not in the form of a so called "ticket" . The ticket that can be given to an infraction is to Teach and drive home the importance of the infraction, The officer at the time can give, if he does he is then required to spend his off day in court, if not paid, then it can go to Jury Trial, ($$) and time off road. as you see here, the jury would be hung, cause you would be on one, I would be on another, it takes one person to stick to their guns. I say to BP, the cost of the ticket is CHUMP change, the 3 or 4 broken bones he will feel for the rest of his time, he is in his 70's
Haulin T Male September 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Obvious disdain? Oh my, lol tsk tsk, I have 4 friends who are P'men, I hear the stories of what women have tried to do, they were told at B B q's , one is MSPD out of an U P post ......... some of these cops don't know each other yet stories are similar. so to say I have disdain, please be more condecending in an open conversation. as far as who pays, common, I imagine the driver has a CCW, (gun w / him) not only that, a person at or in that position, always has a body guard. Having that part is part of the bene's that position brings with it ..... can you imagine a female in same position, an issue come up, and N O W, would be all over it ...... his drivers pay should be paid by the tax payers, same as the secret service is to guard a wannabe, a sitting president, and the same for the rest of his life. (not saying a co, exec. is at the same level, but while in office yesiree.


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