Pretrial Tuesday for man accused of causing crash that hurt Oakland County executive

Man faces misdemeanor charges for crash which seriously injured Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

Published On: Sep 24 2012 07:52:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2012 08:01:28 PM EDT
PONTIAC, Mich. -

The man accused of causing the car crash which seriously injured Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will appear in court on Tuesday for his pretrial hearing.

Police say 31-year-old Anthony Prainito, of Royal Oak, cut off a car in which Patterson was a passenger in early August at Walton and Opdyke roads in Auburn Hills. Patterson, his driver Jame Cram and Prainito's passengers all were injured in the two-car collision.

Prainito's hearing is for three misdemeanor charges.

Patterson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, for which he was cited. He released a statement about the fine this past week.

"Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake," Patterson said. "I accept my responsibility and paid the $65 fine this afternoon."