Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 11, 2014

3 injured in separate crashes

TRAVERSE CITY — A Mayfield man remains hospitalized after a snowmobile crashed into a shore station at a frozen southern Michigan lake.

Andrew James Camp, 22, is listed in serious condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Cass County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday at 6:05 a.m. to a snowmobile crash. Authorities believe Camp rode on a snowmobile driven by Ryan Smit, 20, of Dowagiac, who appears to have lost control near Magician Lake’s eastern shoreline.

Both men were thrown from the snowmobile when it crashed into a shore station.

Camp’s sister Adriane Schrauben said he suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, bleeding on his brain and a punctured lung. She said he’ll likely remain sedated for the next five days or more.

“We are positive that the long-term prognosis will be good,” Schrauben said. “We’re just unsure once comes out of sedation what the effects will be.”

A Camp friend set up an online “recovery fund” to help his family pay for lost wages, gas money, hotel rooms and other expenses from his hospital stay. Donations can be made at

Schrauben said the support is humbling.

“It’s wonderful to see that he obviously touched so many people,” she said. “Andrew always had a spark for adventure and had friends all over the place.”

The incident isn’t the only serious snowmobile crash with a Grand Traverse region link this weekend.

Leelanau County sheriff’s Lt. Clint Kerr said soft snow likely caused a Sunday crash in Bingham Township. Martin G. Uitvlugt, 59, of Lake Leelanau, flew off his snowmobile when it hit a snowdrift on private property along South Center Highway.

The vehicle overturned and rolled over on top of Uitvlugt, who remains in fair condition at Munson Medical Center.

A Wexford County snowmobile crash on Saturday also ended with a trip to Munson hospital.

Amber Hamrick, 30, of Livonia, remains in critical condition after her snowmobile rolled over several times. Wexford County authorities believe she lost control of her snowmobile after it struck a snow embankment on the edge of East 40 Road.

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