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Exchange Student Avoids Prosecution in Hudsonville Crash


GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - A 16-year-old exchange student from Germany is being told to stay home by her goverment instead of returning to the Lakeshore to answer charges stemming from a June crash that seriously injured a local attorney.

The lawyer for Sophie Annen told Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Mark Feyen at a Wednesday hearing that his client is not coming back to the US on the advice her family received from the German consulate. They are afraid that the girl would be incarcerated for her role in the incident in which she drove over Jason Ronning as he sat on a bench outside of the main Hudsonville shopping district off of Chicago Drive near 36th Avenue. Annen was being taught how to drive by a fellow student, 18-year-old Cade Cronheim, who was alongside steering a pickup truck while she was handling the brake and accelerator pedals. She left the country in June when her exchange student visa expired.

Feyen issued a bench warrant for her arrest, good for a year. Ronning is still recovering from his injuries. Cronheim faces various charges and awaits a pre-trial hearing next month.