Police: Man's car likely rolled hours before being found

Becky Vargo • Jul 9, 2017 at 6:53 PM

TALLMADGE TWP. — A Grand Rapids man’s condition was unknown following a one-car crash early Sunday morning in the area of Luce Street near 24th Avenue.

Prem Patel, 29, was driving a 2011 BMW Sedan east on Luce Street, went off the road, struck a ditch, went airborne and rolled, said Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The car landed upside down in the field and was discovered at about 7 a.m.

Patel was pinned inside the vehicle. An ambulance transported him to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids once firefighters extricated him.

Patel was semi-conscious when emergency crews arrived, Ruster said. He suffered head and neck injuries.

It is unknown whether or not he was wearing a seatbelt, Ruster said.

The vehicle was cold and police believe the crash occurred several hours before the car was found.

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