Driver charged in Kalkaska County triple fatal crash

Rhonda Mitchell of Kalkaska is charged with manslaughter and child abuse.

Rhonda Mitchell of Kalkaska was charged today in Kalkaska County District Court with manslaughter and child abuse in connection with a two-van crash that killed three people including the Grayling High School Golf Coach and a player.

Kalkaska County Prosecutor Mike Perreault filed the charges Friday related to the April 29 crash in Excelsior Township.

A police investigation released last month shows both Mitchell and Grayling High School golf coach Jason Potter were at fault.

Potter's toxicology report shows no signs of alcohol or controlled substances. Mitchell's, however, shows she had marijuana and morphine in her system.

State Police say Mitchell did have a medical marijuana card, but it had expired a year earlier. She also had a prescription for the morphine.

Player Louis Menard also was killed in the golf team's van and five other players were hurt.

Twenty-seven-year Cassandra Stapleton, a passenger in the van Mitchell was driving, was also killed.

Mitchell was the legal guardian of a three year old also in her van. She was not hurt.

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