Birmingham teen crashes into multiple cars before jumping into Lake Orion

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 9, 2024


LAKE ORION — A teenage driver from Birmingham crashed his car into eight vehicles in various communities while reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue Team were dispatched to Lake Orion at about 12:15 p.m. July 7 on a report that a man had hit multiple vehicles, abandoned his car and fled before jumping into Lake Orion. The teen reportedly swam into the lake and “began screaming at other boaters.” 

Deputies and members of the Orion Township Fire Department responded and rescued the teen by rescue boat. 

The entire episode lasted approximately 90 minutes, with deputies later learning the teen had crashed into several vehicles in Auburn Hills and Orion Township. Eight vehicles were damaged, and traffic on M-24 was delayed for a short period. 

No one was injured in the crashes. 

The teen was transported to the hospital, where deputies filed a petition for a mental health committal.