Driver arrested in hit-and-run crash that injured teen

Muskegon County

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The driver accused of hitting and injuring a teen at a rural Muskegon County bus stop and then taking off was arrested Wednesday morning.

Michigan State Police said the driver, a 22-year-old Twin Lake man, was taken to the Muskegon County Jail on charges of hit-and-run causing serious injury and moving violation causing serious injury.

The 14-year-old victim remained in the hospital in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Russell and E. Tyler roads in Dalton Township, north of Muskegon. As a school bus stopped to pick up kids, its lights flashing, a northbound car passed it from behind. The car hit two siblings, the 14-year-old boy and his sister, also 14. The girl wasn’t seriously hurt.

A car mirror found at the scene helped police to identify the driver. Details surrounding his arrest are not yet known.

News 8 is not using the driver’s name pending his arraignment, which could happen as early as Thursday.

According to his driving and criminal records, the suspect has at least one prior charge for a hit-and run. That came in a 2017 case in Muskegon County in which he hit a car and took off. There were no reported injuries. As a result of that crash, his license was suspended.

He also had his license suspended in 2015 after getting caught with drugs. He was then busted for driving on a suspended license.

Despite those previous cases, state records show the suspect had a valid license at the time of Wednesday’s crash.

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