Hit-and-run driver faces judge and family
Benjamin Craig, 27, the man accused of hitting 14-year-old Carson Rosa of Cedar and leaving the scene on Sunday, was arraigned Friday morning.
The Traverse City man is facing charges for fleeing and eluding (2 year felony), leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and operating while intoxicated 2nd offense.
Craig was convicted of OWI in 2009.
Katy Rosa, Carson's mother, said she thinks the charges Craig is facing could have been harsher because of this being his second OWI offense.
"When we found out on Monday, less than 24 hours later, that he was released on bond and given a temporary driver's license, I wanted to throw up," said Katy.
Craig is now out on bond but he is not allowed to operate a vehicle, has to have a preliminary breath test twice a day and random drug and alcohol screenings.
The Leelanau County Sheriff's Department reports that the crash occurred on Pearl St. and Second St. in Leland at 4:29p.m. Carson Rosa was walking with several members of his Blue Stars baseball team on Pearl St., on their way back to an end of the year picnic, when the group noticed a Jeep that was traveling westbound had left the roadway and was out of control.
"He may have physically injured one kid, but all those other kids were at risk of being injured," said Katy.
The group was along a guardrail at Second St. and all of the boys except for Carson were able to jump over the rail to avoid being hit. Carson was hit by the Jeep and was later transported to Munson Medical Center by Leland Rescue. Carson suffered a deep laceration to his right knee.
"I wasn't exactly sure if he was going to stop or not, so, I kind of just stood there and kind of wondered what he was going to do," said Carson.
Craig told authorities that he was coming from a wedding in Leland and that he knew he had lost a tire. The driver failed field sobriety tests and blew .16% on his Breathalyzer test.