Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 7, 2014

Police find vehicle, injured man remains in hospital

TRAVERSE CITY — Investigators located a vehicle — and driver — involved in a downtown accident that left an Ann Arbor man seriously injured.

The accident occurred near Union Street Station in a Front Street alley early Saturday, but exact details of how Travis Trombley, 21, of Ann Arbor was hurt remain unclear.

Witnesses said they saw Trombley run alongside a dark sport utility vehicle, fall and tumble, but Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said Trombley's injuries suggest there was "pretty substantial contact" between him and a vehicle.

Ayling said detectives' investigation now focuses on whether there was contact between Trombley and the vehicle.

Investigators located the vehicle in question Monday, when a man from the Detroit area contacted Traverse City Police. The man said he was the driver involved in the incident Saturday.

The man was not arrested. Police downstate photographed the vehicle and investigators can access it if needed, Ayling said.

"We believe the fact that he called us tells us he’s not planning on leaving or running," he said.

Craig Trombley, Travis Trombley's father, described his son as an outgoing, smart and soft-spoken man who loved sports and who recently started working at the family's Ann Arbor-based business as a public insurance adjuster.

Craig Trombley said his son's recovery was foremost on his mind Monday afternoon. But he called the discovery of the car involved in the accident a "weight lifted" from his shoulders and a crucial part of the investigation into what happened to his son.

"Number one, I want my son to get well," he said. "That’s my first thing, and from there I just want the truth to be known. After that it’s out of my hands."

Trombley remained in serious condition at Munson Medical Center as of Monday afternoon, Munson officials said.

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