Report: Patterson’s Driver Was Speeding In Crash
PONTIAC (WWJ) Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Paterson continues to recover from injuries he sustained in a traffic accident earlier this month that left his driver, a retired Michigan State Trooper, critically injured.
Patterson, 73, was a passenger in the car that was struck by a vehicle that turned left, careening into them at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke roads. The driver of the other car, Anthony Prainito, 31, of Royal Oak, is considered at fault in the collision in which he and his passenger were also injured.
It’s been reported many times Patterson was not wearing a seatbelt, but newly released reports said the belts were secured in their locks when the crash happened, leading investigators to believe they were in that position at the time of the crash.
WWJ 950’s Marie Osborne also reports an onboard computer found in Patterson’s car shows the vehicle was traveling at 54 miles an hour right before the collision; the speed limit in that area is 45 mph.
WWJ obtained a copy of the police report, which indicates Patterson was sitting outside his car following the crash with witnesses attending to his head wound. His driver was still inside the vehicle and unable to move. The report also indicated that a 357 Magnum, which was legally owned by the trooper, was retrieved from the vehicle.
Prainito is facing three misdemeanor counts of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function, punishable by up to 93 days in jail.
Patterson, who suffered injuries to his wrists, leg and hip, is still at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. His driver, James Cram, remains hospitalized at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Prainito was treated and released. His passenger remains hospitalized.
Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.