DETROIT (CBS 62) Flowers and well wishes have been pouring in for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, 73, since he was seriously injured in a car crash.

He received such an overwhelming amount of flowers that staffers asked people instead to just send cards wishing Brooks a speedy recovery or to donate to charity in his name.

To send cards to L. Brooks Patterson:

Get Well Brooks

c/o County Executive Office

2100 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI, 48328-0409

In lieu of flowers, Oakland officials are suggesting folks might consider make a donation to The Brooksie Way at:

The Brooksie Way

P.O. Box 81576

Rochester, MI  48308

The donations will go toward The Brooksie Way Mini-grants that fund Oakland County organizations whose purpose is to promote active and healthy lifestyles. For more info on The Brooksie Way, go to 

Patterson is resting comfortably after three surgeries to repair broken bones.  He was the front passenger in a car traveling eastbound on Walton Blvd., when it collided with a Volkswagen Passat that was turning left at the intersection of Opdyke Road. Patterson’s vehicle had a green light and the right-of-way, according to police.

The county executive sustained injuries to his wrist, hip, and leg, as well as a gash to the scalp.

Patterson’s driver, a 60-year-old retired Michigan State Police officer, is currently recovering at Detroit Receiving Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Two occupants in the other vehicle were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. All four parties are expected to recover.


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