WAUSAU (WAOW) - The 16-year-old driver who ran into two children heading home from school in Rib Mountain last fall worked out a deal with prosecutors that may prevent him from having a criminal record, his attorney says.
The teen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit and run on Friday, but the judge agreed to delay issuing a formal judgment until July 2014 if the teen does several things, including no driving for nine months and giving talks to drivers education classes about driving safety, attorney Richard Lawson said Monday.
If the Wausau teen successfully completes the conditions, the misdemeanor hit and run conviction will be amended to two traffic violations, which carry fines of about $200, according to court records.
The maximum punishment for misdemeanor hit and run is six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
According to the complaint, the children were hit at the intersection of Robin Lane and Hummingbird Road last November as the teen made a left hand turn as a crossing guard was moving children across the crosswalk.
A witness told police the driver attempted to beat the children across the intersection, the complaint said.
The teen told police that about halfway through the turn, he heard a "bump" on the front of the car, became scared, drove home, parked the car in the garage and shut the door, the complaint said.
One of the children was taken to the hospital and was treated and released, court records said. The other was treated at the scene.
Lawson said the teen made the turn and didn't see the children because he was looking into the sun.
"He needs to learn he has to look two times," Lawson said.
The teen didn't stop because he panicked and "made a stupid decision," the attorney said.
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