PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Oakland County Prosecutor announced charges Wednesday against 31-year-old Anthony Prainito from Royal Oak in connection with the crash that seriously injured Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his driver James Cram.
Prainito has been charged with three counts of Moving Violation Causing Serious Impairment of a Bodily Function.
He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Rochester Hills.
A 'not guilty' plea was entered.
Judge Lisa Asadoorian ordered him to surrender his license. He was released on a $50,000 personal bond.
He declined to comment as he left court, as did his attorney Joshua Nucian.
Reached by phone earlier in the day, Prainito declined to comment as well.
The crash took place August 10 at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke in Auburn Hills.
Prosecutor Jessica Cooper says the misdemeanor offense is punishable for up to 93 days in jail.
The passenger in Prainito's car, Raymond Recchia, was also seriously injured in the crash.
Rechhia's family tells Action News he had a broken pelvis and has been released from the hospital.
None of the individuals, with the exception of Recchia, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Patterson is listed in stable condition, while Cram is in serious condition.
Prosecutors say there is no evidence of distracted driving like texting.
Auburn Hills Police will handle any tickets for seat belt infractions. Prainito, who works for CBS Radio, is likely to be ticketed according to police. Tickets for Patterson and Cram are pending and will likely be written when their conditions improve.
The office for the Oakland County Executive issued the following statement:
“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.”
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