Crash sparks efforts to protect adults with disabilities

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Photo credit: Tessa LightyBy SARAH ELMS  Roger and Elaine Loeffelbein want to make sure another adult with disabilities won’t go through what their son did.

A motorist struck and badly injured Mark Loeffelbein, 50, in June while he was pedaling his bicycle across Carver Street in Traverse City. He told first responders not to take him to the hospital, insisting he was fine.

But Mark doesn’t have the ability to make medical decisions. He was born with Williams syndrome — a genetic condition that causes developmental delays, learning disabilities and cardiovascular complications — and his father is his legal guardian.

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