A 61 year-old Illinois man who suffered a medical emergency at the wheel was rushed to the University of Michigan Hospital Saturday after bystanders pulled him from his vehicle and began administering CPR.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sunnyside and 7th Street, near Michigan Stadium. The man, who hails from Woodstock, Ill., was driving his daughter, 31, when he suffered a medical emergency — possibly a heart attack — at the wheel, said Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Mike Scherba.
After his vehicle struck a tree, bystanders in the area —Â including an off-duty firefighter and a physician —Â helped pull the man from the vehicle and began administering CPR. Fire rescue personnel then arrived and took over CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to restore breathing and a pulse, Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Robert Vogel said.
Scherba said the man's daughter took the wheel and directed the vehicle into a tree to stop it after noticing her father's emergency.
"We've got the (Michigan-Northwestern) game letting out and how many thousands of people in the area. Probably a good call on her part," Scherba said.
The victim was taken to the U-M emergency room.