A plea bargain was reached today for the driver that injured the Oakland County executive last August. The driver turned left on a blinking yellow light in front of the executive's oncoming car, causing the accident that put the executive and his driver in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The executive was in a coma for 17 days following the crash, and returned to work in a wheel chair at the end of October.
The driver was charged with three misdemeanor counts of a moving violation causing serious bodily impairment. The case was scheduled to go to trial this month, but in late December at a pretrial hearing, the executive and his driver made it known that they would not release their medical records. The two men were scheduled to testify as prosecution witnesses; but under Michigan law, a victim who refuses to release his medical records cannot testify in most cases.
The prosecutor was in a bit of a bind and decided to not proceed to trial without the testimony of the two victims, and the criminal charges were dropped against the driver this morning at a last-minute hearing. In exchange for the criminal charges being dismissed, he pled guilty to two minor civil infractions-- failure to yield and a seatbelt violation. He was fined a total of $190 for the two infractions. For whatever reason the victims chose not to testify, it was certainly beneficial to the driver's case.