Police: Both Drivers At Fault In Golf Team Crash

EXCELSIOR TWP. (WWJ/AP) – An investigation shows both drivers involved in a crash that killed a 31-year-old high school golf coach, an 18-year-old player and a passenger in the second vehicle were at fault.

The Grayling High School golf team was headed to an invitational tournament in Traverse City on April 29 when the accident occurred in Kalkaska County’s Excelsior Township, about 15 miles west of Grayling.

Coach Jason Potter was driving a van carrying members team when he ran a stop sign and collided with another van. Both vans rolled after the crash.

Police said the driver of the second van, 45-year-old Rhonda Mitchell, was going at least 77-mph in a 55-mph zone. She also tested positive for marijuana and morphine, a prescription painkiller, according to police.

Eighteen-year-old Louis Menard, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was killed after being ejected from the golf team’s van, police said. Coach Potter and Cassandra Stapleton, Mitchell’s daughter, were also killed in the crash. Five other players were hurt.

Police have turned their crash investigation results over to prosecutors.

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