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Driver arrested after hit-and-run that critically injured Reeths-Puffer student

Authorities took the driver, a 22-year-old Twin Lake man, into custody Wednesday morning.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — Authorities say the driver in a hit-and-run crash that sent a middle school student to the hospital with two broken legs has been arrested. 

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the driver, a 22-year-old Twin Lake man, was arrested Wednesday morning. Police arrested him for causing serious injury and a moving violation in a hit-and-run

The 14-year-old Reeths-Puffer Middle School student, Tajen Pannell, is still at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Police said he was in critical condition with two broken legs. 

The incident happened Tuesday around 6:30 a.m. in the area of Russell and Tyler road sin Dalton Township. The Twin Lake man allegedly passed a school bus with its red flashers on in a no-passing zone. The suspect struck Pannell and did not stop at the scene. 

Panell's sister, 14, also received minor injuries. There were four other students either on the bus or at the stop, according to Reeths-Puffer Superintendent Steve Edwards.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor is expected to make a decision on charges Thursday. 

If anyone has information about the incident contact the MSP Rockford Post at 616-866-441, Muskegon County Sheriff's Office at 231-724-6351 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.

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