Oakland County's top elected official says he doesn't plan to attend this year's Mackinac Policy Conference because he's been using a wheelchair since an August car crash.
A spokesman for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson told Local 4 Monday that although Brooks is healing, there would be too many mobility issues to deal with on Mackinac Island.
Patterson usually participates in a raucous, irreverent and fast-paced panel at the event featuring several other Detroit-area leaders.
The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual conference brings together politicians and business leaders. The chamber has said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker at the late-May event, and he's expected to talk about education, immigration and economic growth.
About the car crash:
Patterson and James Cram, who was driving the car Patterson was a passenger in during the Aug. 20 car crash in Auburn Hills, have both filed lawsuits seeking damages from a Royal Oak man cited in the crash.
Their lawsuits seek damages from Anthony Prainito, CBS Radio Inc. of Detroit and Robert Bosch, the company which leased Prainito the Volkswagen Passat he was driving. Prainito is employed by CBS Radio.
Prainito originally 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. However, the charges were dropped after both parties told a judge the issue had been resolved.
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.
Patetrson and Cram both were not wearing seatbelts. They also paid fines.
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