Charges To Come Against Driver Who Crashed into Brooks Patterson

A Royal Oak man failed to yield on a flashing yellow, causing the accident, police say.

The man who drove a car that crashed into one transporting Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will face charges that could result in jail time, according to reports.

Anthony Prainito, 31, of Royal Oak, will be charged with three counts of moving violations causing impairment of a bodily function, a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in  jail, according to a report in The Detroit News.  

Prainito will be arraigned sometime this week.

Gerald Poisson, chief deputy County Executive, released the following statement in response to the charges:

“The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with negligent driving causing serious injury to Brooks, Jim, and the passenger in the other car. The Executive Office thanks Auburn Hills police for their professionalism in conducting a thorough investigation. This matter is now in the hands of the courts.” 

Patterson remains hospitalized following the Aug. 10 crash at the intersection of Opdyke and Walton roads in Auburn Hills. Patterson is recovering from serious orthopedic injuries. His driver, James Cram, was also injured in the accident. According to police reports, Prainito when he crashed into Patterson's car. 

Neither Patterson, Cram nor Prainito were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, police reports show.

G-Money August 29, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If it is the case that he thought the light was on its way to turning red (i.e in a progression from green to yellow to red), I wonder if this could be considered a design flaw. Are the collisions just a statistical inevitability, in that eventually some people will see that blinking yellow at just the right time to come to the wrong conclusion of, "it was just green, and will soon be red for both him and on-coming traffic"? In addition to these collisions, how many near-misses are there that don't get counted? Maybe the fix is just a matter of making the yellow blink faster so that people are more likely to see the blink during the time that they look at the light. Or, if these new signals weren't confusing enough already, use a new color for this blinking portion of the light.
Haulin T Male August 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
perhaps the speed limit is not set right, I have heard it is new, wide open, " police will tell you if a % of the ppl drive x over posted, then the comparability to do so, has to be taken in consideration......... it is also based on # of drive ways etc in the area, they just raised the limit on a mile rd by me, cause ????? 40 % of the cars were safely traversing the area, with little to no issue....... now those are my words, but the criteria is the same....... you don't issue a citation on guessing what the other driver thought, he turned in front of an oncoming car, that had a green light, the fact that you know the on board computer says......... 54 mph, would be tossed out at a jury trial, based on not avail at the time, and you have a right not to incriminate your self..........
Deborah Kita September 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I would think the insurance company could give Patterson and his driver a hard time about paying the medical expenses seeing they broke the law by not wearing their seatbelts.
Christopher September 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Why? It's amazing to me how many people are clueless about their insurance. Maybe this is how Obamacare passed. Read your policy and tell me where it says that driving slightly over the speed limit, not wearing your seatbelt and hitting a car running a red light prevents you from getting paid.
Laurel Wisniewski September 18, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I would dispute your statement that "anyone else would have been discharged days ago". According to published reports, Mr. Patterson suffered fractures of a hip, leg, ankle, both wrists, and several ribs. These are major injuries, especially for a man of his age, and the surgical repairs necessary for the hip fracture alone would have required inpatient services, not outpatient. Hospitals do not keep patients in for no reason- in most cases, they are paid a flat rate for treating the patient, not a per diem rate. Keeping a patient in beyond what is necessary offers no financial incentive to the hospital.


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