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County executive still hospitalized; driver appears in court

Earlier this month, the Oakland County, Michigan, Executive was seriously injured in a two-car accident in the Auburn Hills neighborhood. The 73-year-old official was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 60-year-old retired Michigan State Police trooper.

Their Chrysler was hit by a Volkswagen driven by a 31-year-old Royal Oak man at around 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 10.

The occupants of the Chrysler suffered from multiple injuries including broken ribs, wrists, a broken femur and a head wound. A passenger in the Volkswagen was also seriously injured. All three victims were still hospitalized at the time of this news report.

The driver of the Volkswagen made his first appearance in court this week and the judge ordered the suspension of his license. The defendant has two prior speeding tickets in the same neighborhood, according to the state's driving records. He now faces three misdemeanor moving violations including one of causing impairment of a bodily function. He faces up to 93 days in jail and bond was set at $50,000.

His next court date is a pretrial hearing on Sept. 25. Pending citations for the victims who were not wearing seatbelts are yet to be determined by the Auburn hills police.

With a history of speeding and the severity of the injuries, this driver will certainly face a civil lawsuit by the county executive and his staff to recover hospital and ongoing medical bills. To learn more about your rights in the event of a car crash, visit our Michigan car accident attorney web page.

Source: detroitnews.com, "Driver charged in Patterson accident," Mike Martindale, Aug. 23, 2012

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