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L. Brooks Patterson releases statement on 5th anniversary of tragic car crash

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

PONTIAC, Mich.Five years ago, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his security officer James Cram were seriously injured in a car crash at Walton Boulevard and Opdyke Road just east of Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills.

The crash on Aug. 10, 2012 left Cram, who was driving, paralyzed. Many of Patterson's bones were broken, forcing him into a wheelchair. 

The other driver pleaded guilty to failing to yield at the intersection and turning in front of Cram and Patterson on a blinking yellow light. 

Patterson, 78, released this statement on Wednesday: 

"Back in 2012, the great doctors at McLaren Hospital told me, ‘Brooks, we got you to the five yard line; prayers will get you the rest of the way.' Five years later, as my recovery continues, I’d like to thank everyone who sent cards of encouragement, prayed for me, and supported me through one of the greatest challenges of my life. As for Jimmy, please continue praying for him."

Patterson's office said he will mark the occasion Thursday with a day-long private visit with Cram. 

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