Criminal charges dropped in L. Brooks Patterson car crash

Misdemeanor charges dropped against driver who struck Oakland County executive's car

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:42:29 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2013 03:35:40 PM EST

Criminal charges have been dropped against the driver who hit Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's car on Aug. 10 in Auburn Hills.

Patterson was a passenger in the vehicle. Both he and his driver, James Cram, were injured. The county executive suffered serious injuries and underwent months of recovery.

Read more: Patterson returns to work after tearful 'thank you' Tuesday

Anthony Prainito, of Royal Oak, was the driver of the other vehicle. He was charged with three counts of a moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function -- a misdemeanor that is punishable with up to 93 days in jail.

On Thursday, the charges were dropped after both parties told a judge the issue had been resolved. However, Prainito still got a civil infraction for failing to yield -- a $125 fine which has been paid. He also paid a seatbelt charge which is $65.

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