Golf Team Van Crashes, Leaves 3 Dead

A Michigan high school golf team’s van crashed this week in near Traverse City. Three people died in the crash, and another six are currently in the hospital.

According to ABC, the Grayling High School boys golf team’s van collided with another vehicle on Monday morning. Two members from the golf team and a passenger in the other vehicle were killed in the crash.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Don Bailey said: “It was pretty horrific … There were three ejections and those bodies were laying around.”

Six members from the boys’ golf team from Grayling High School were traveling in a silver minivan on Monday morning when it crashed into the side of white minivan. Bailey said that the other vehicle may have been speeding at the time of the crash. Bailey also said that the driver, a 27-year-old woman named Rhonda Mitchell, may have blown past a stop sign.

Bailey said: “Our initial investigation shows the white van may have been speeding … There’s also a question if the silver van stopped at a stop sign.”

According to Fox News, 18-year-old Louis Menard and golf coach Jason Potter were killed in the crash. Cassandra Stapleton, a passenger in the other van, was also killed. Golf team members Tyler Summers, Jacob Hinkle, and Dallas Johnson are all in serious condition. Mason Krey and Gunner Metzer are in fair condition.

Police identified the driver of the white minivan as 27-year-old Rhonda Mitchell. Mitchell is currently in stable condition at the hospital. Her three year old daughter was not injured in the crash.

Joe Powers, superintendent of the Crawford AuSable Schools, said that crisis counselors would be on campus this week to help students cope with the tragic loss of their classmates.

Powers said: “We will delay the formal start of school to have an opportunity for students to talk to each other. We will have counselors throughout the building, including the hallway, so students can lean on adults they know and who they are comfortable with.”