Family: Assault victim moved to hospice care


CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who was severely beaten in a suspected road rage attack in Kent County has been moved to hospice care, according to his family.

The family of William McFarlan posted on their GoFundMe page Friday that he will remain in hospice “to keep him comfortable so that he may join our Lord in a tree stand or fishing boat of his dreams.” They went on to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

McFarlan was severely beaten in what witnesses described as a road rage incident on Sept. 29 in the 6100 block of Whitneyville Avenue in Caledonia Township.

When authorities arrived, they found him lying by the side of the road, severely beaten. McFarlan suffered multiple fractures to his face and ribs and had bleeding on his brain, according to the probable cause documents.

Nearly a week after the incident, 18-year-old Christian William Hillman was arrested in connection to the suspected road rage attack.

Hillman formally charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder in the case.  He is also charged with using marijuana, based on his state when authorities arrested him at his parents’ home. If McFarlan dies, it’s unknown if Hillman will face additional charges.

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