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UPDATE: Traverse City Man Takes Plea Deal For Hit and Run In Leelanau Co.

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September 5, 2013 -

UPDATE: September 20

We have an update for you on a hit and run case we've been following closely out of Leelanau County.

The hit and run happened in early September on Pearl Street in Leland.

Deputies say Benjamin Craig hit Carson Rosa as he was walking along the street.

9&10 News was in the courtroom Friday morning as Craig accepted a plea deal.

He pleaded guilty to driving drunk, which was his second offense.

He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the accident.

He faces up to one year in prison.

Sentencing is set for October 4th.


September 6

The man accused of hitting a boy, then fleeing the scene in Leelanau County is now charged with the crime.

The victim, Carson Rosa, and his family were in court for the hearing.

Police say Benjamin Craig is responsible for hitting Rosa on Sunday and then leaving the scene of the accident in Leland.

Benjamin Craig is charged with running from police, a felony, plus two misdemeanors for leaving the scene of the accident and driving drunk.

This is his second drunk driving arrest.

Craig is not to drive while his case is on going.

He'll be back in court later this month.
9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke to the Rosa family to see how  they were feeling after the morning in court.


9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke to the Leelanau County Sheriff and a parent of other children involved in the hit and run. Find out what they have to say about the driver's negligence, and the issue of three hit and runs in the region in one summer season.


9&10 News has an update on this story Thursday night at 5:00 and 6:00. Watch for the details. 


Leelanau County Deputies found and arrested a 27 year old Traverse City man after hitting a teenager and driving off.

On Sunday, around 4:30 PM, 14 year old Carson Rosa of Cedar was walking with a group of teens when they saw a Jeep that was out of control.

The teens were walking along a guardrail on Second St. and everyone but Rosa was able to jump over the guardrail.

Rosa was hit and transported to Munson Medical Center.

A citizen called Leelanau 911 and reported the vehicle was traveling on S. Manitou Trail on a flat rear tire.

When police intercepted the vehicle, the rear tire was completely gone and he was driving on a rim.

The driver said he was coming from a wedding and knew that he had lost a tire.

Police conducted a field sobriety test, which the man failed. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense.

His breath test results were .16%.