Pedestrian death case heads to trial.

March 13, 2020

Pedestrian death case heads to trial.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.


HART — The criminal case against a 57-year-old Rothbury man charged with two counts of moving violation causing death in connection to the deaths of a 14-year-old Montague girl and her father the night of June 3, 2019 on Webster Road in Grant Township is set for a two-day jury trial in 78th District Court.

The case against William Franklin Rudat, of 214 E. Yale Rd., is scheduled for trial beginning May 18 at 9 a.m., according to court staff.

Rudat was driving the Country Dairy farm truck that hit and killed Kaitlynn and Eric Scott.

Kaitlynn Scott was pronounced dead at the scene, and Eric Scott later died from injuries sustained in the accident which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. west of 72nd Avenue. They were on a run with their dog, which also died. The tragic deaths sent shock waves around the Oceana community — particularly the Oceana County Fair community which Kaitlynn was activity involved in.

Moving violation causing death is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $2,000 in fines, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

The 1994 International farm truck went off the road and struck both pedestrians and the dog who were on the shoulder of the road, stated a Michigan State Police press release.

Rudat is being charged with two counts of the same crime, because two victims were involved.

He posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

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