Man wakes up in road, no memory of why


IONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Sheriff’s officials are asking for help to figure out why a man found himself on an Ionia Township road with no recollection of how he got there.

Ionia County sheriff’s deputies were sent to East Blue Water Highway/M-21 near Fourth Street around 11 p.m. on June 4 after 23-year-old Kyle Robertson called 911.

Robertson said he had found himself lying on the side of the road, against a guardrail in the bicycle lane. He was unaware of how he ended up there, according to the sheriff’s office. He was fully clothed with the exception of one shoe, which was found in the road, and had his cellphone.

In his call to 911, Robertson seemed confused.

When a dispatcher asked what his emergency was, Robertson replied, “I’m not sure.”

“I don’t know. I think I got hit by a car. I’m not sure,” he said.

He told a dispatcher the last thing he remembered was leaving his home in Ionia, but he couldn’t recall his address or phone number. He told the dispatcher his back, legs and arm hurt, but no scrapes or bruises were found when he was examined.

After an initial call, a dispatcher called Robertson back and told him emergency responders were on their way.

“For what?” he asked.

“For you,” the dispatcher told him. “You said you were hit by a car.”

Robertson was taken to Sparrow Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A sheriff’s official said no drugs or alcohol were found in Robertson’s system and his injuries were not consistent with getting hit by a car or another major accident. They didn’t find any debris from a crash in the road.

Deputies said they spoke with Robertson’s girlfriend, who said he did not have any other known medical conditions that he was hiding from authorities.

The stretch of road where Robertson found himself is typically busy, but no one reported seeing or hearing anything out of the ordinary. He told deputies he has no friends or family living in that area, a sheriff’s official said.

The sheriff’s official called the incident “baffling,” and said the department waited to put out a press release on the incident, hoping that Robertson would remember something about what happened.

Anyone with information should call the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office at 616.527.5737.

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