Middle School Student Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run DUI Crash at Muskegon Bus Stop
A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured after he and his twin sister were both hit by a suspected drunk driver at a bus stop in the 2700 block of Russell Road in Muskegon on January 14. 14-year-old Tajen Pannell suffered a skull fracture and two broken legs in the collision.
22-year-old Mathew Dean Potter has been charged with driving under the influence causing serious injury and leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident. These are both felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison.
Potter is accused of ignoring a Reeths-Puffer school bus’s flashing caution lights, driving around the bus and striking the two children before fleeing the scene. The crash happened at around 6:30 a.m. on January 14.
Potter was arrested approximately 20 hours after the crash. Police say he admitted to being “basically blacked-out drunk.”
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Legal Options For People Injured in Michigan Drunk Driving Crashes
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some thoughts on the legal rights of people injured in Michigan DUI crashes:
Drunk driving crashes often result in serious injuries for innocent victims. These victims should be aware about their right to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages they face.
Someone who has been injured by a drunk driver may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them. Additionally, Michigan and many other states have dram shop laws that allow these injury victims to sue bars, restaurants, shops, any other business that sells alcohol – depending on certain conditions.
In Michigan, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries caused by a customer if the customer was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated when the vendor served them alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in Michigan, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.
The 2700 Block of Russell Road in Muskegon County, IL
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