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July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor man remains in coma

TRAVERSE CITY — An Ann Arbor man remains in a coma after an incident near a downtown bar that involved a vehicle driven by a downstate man.

Travis Trombley, 21, is listed in serious condition at Munson Medical Center. His father Craig Trombley said he hasn't regained consciousness since early July 5, when authorities found him with head injuries in a downtown alley.

"He's about the same. He's not worse, but he's got a long road ahead of him," Craig Trombley said. "We're still hopeful."

Witnesses said Trombley ran after a dark sport utility vehicle in the Front Street alley near Union Street Station and fell. Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said it's still unclear whether Trombley's head and rib injuries came from the fall or contact with the vehicle.

A Detroit-area man, 32, came forward Monday and identified himself as the SUV's driver. Ayling said the man told investigators he served as a first responder in the military and didn't know Trombley fell.

"He said he was a first responder and would have stopped if he knew what happened," he said.

Ayling said video footage from cameras in the alley didn't capture the moment when Trombley fell, but the rest is consistent with what witnesses reported. He said "zero" witnesses saw Trombley come into contact with the vehicle.

"A doctor said his injuries are consistent with him being struck by a vehicle, but that doesn't mean he was," Ayling said.

Detectives plan to re-interview the driver, Ayling said.

Craig Trombley hopes the investigation gives him answers as to what happened. He said he plans to pay a $5,000 reward he offered for information leading to the driver's identity, but needs to consult with police first.

"This town has been very cooperative," he said.

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