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No more criminal charges against Michigan teen in bus accident

Prosecutors had originally charged a Michigan teenager who was involved in a wintertime car accident with a school bus early this year that left her sister in a coma. But those criminal charges have now been dropped. Her family and attorney said that decision was an acknowledgement by authorities that the teen was not acting criminally that day and that the incident was a pure accident.

The teen was charged in juvenile court in connection with an accident between the SUV she was driving and a school bus in January 2013. She was driving her younger sister to school. The roads were covered in snow and the SUV spun out. It drifted into the path of a school bus, which crashed into the SUV’s passenger side. The sister suffered severe brain injuries that put her in a coma for more than a month. She is still recovering from her injuries, the teens’ mother said.

The driver was not ticketed or arrested at the scene, but four months later prosecutors charged her with a moving violation causing serious injury. They claimed that the teenager was driving too fast for conditions. No reason for the lengthy delay was given in an article about the case. The mother suspects that prosecutors acted at the request of the teens’ father.

Now that charge has been dropped without comment from the prosecution. Instead, the girl was ticketed for speeding. The mother said that the time and expense involved in her daughter’s defense could have gone to her younger daughter’s medical care instead.

The girl’s attorney noted that his client was not texting and driving, drunk driving or driving recklessly.

Source: Lansing State Journal, "Charges dropped against Grand Ledge teen in school bus crash," Kevin Grasha, July 30, 2013

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