Man Killed in Fenton Crash Honored at U of M Game

Patrick Fleming was a member of the University of Michigan Marching Band.

The sound of his trumpet was missing.

So the University of Michigan Marching Band honored Patrick Fleming, who was killed in a Monday, with a moment of silence before the national anthem preceding the Wolverines game against Minnesota Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"Today, the Michigan Marching Band is diminished -- in number ... and in spirit," said stadium announcer Carl Grapentine before the game, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Sympathy and support are extended to Patrick's family and friends ... from his Michigan Marching Band family."

The band also dedicated its performance of "Hey Jude" to Fleming during halftime.

Fenton Patch reported that Fleming, 21, of Ypsilanti, died after he was driving northbound on U.S. 23 and his Oldsmobile crashed into the back of a Chevrolet Suburban around 8 a.m. Sept. 26.

Chief Rick Aro said traffic had slowed because of construction and the Suburban was nearly stopped when the Oldsmobile struck it in the rear, glanced off and slid east across the highway and flipped as it left the roadway, coming to rest against the embankment of the north Owen Road exit ramp.


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