SOUTH HAVEN — A Grand Junction man faces criminal charges after his van collided with a horse-drawn buggy, killing the horse and seriously injuring the driver in September.
Robert Samuel Rawson, 60, was arraigned last Thursday in Seventh District Court for the misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing serious impairment, according to a news release. If convicted he could face up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5.
The collision occurred at 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 11 on 46th Street just south of County Road 388 in Bloomingdale Township.
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department reported at the time that Rawson’s vehicle was headed south on 46th Street when it crossed the center line and collided with the northbound buggy, head on. The horse died while the 67-year-old buggy driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital by Life EMS.
Sheriff’s deputies investigated the accident for several months.
“It takes a bit of time to investigate and prepare an accident reconstruction report on a case like this,” Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford said. “The charge addresses whatever facts that we have known to us from the investigation. He (Rawson) was charged based on the facts and circumstances of the investigation to the fullest extent under the law.”