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June 13, 2013

Police complete fatal crash investigation

KALKASKA — Authorities say both drivers in a two-vehicle fatal collision involving the Grayling High School golf team shared some fault, and criminal charges could be filed.

Three people died on April 29 when a minivan driven by Grayling High School golf team head coach Jason Potter, 31, collided with another minivan driven by Rhonda Mitchell, 45, of Kalkaska, at the intersection of Crawford Lake Road and County Road 612.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Don Bailey said the accident reconstruction showed Mitchell's minivan was traveling east on County Road 612 at 77 mph at the point of impact. The posted speed limit is 55 mph.

Bailey said Potter's vehicle was traveling 43 mph at the point of impact, which indicates he did not stop at the intersection as he headed north on Crawford Lake Road.

"You don't go from zero to 43 at a dead stop," he said.

Potter, along with golf team member Louis Menard, 18, were killed. A passenger in Mitchell's vehicle, Cassandra Stapleton, 27, of Kalkaska, also died. Six others were injured.

Bailey said toxicology results show Potter did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, but Mitchell did test positive for marijuana and a prescription painkiller.

"We have forwarded it to the Kalkaska County prosecutor's office for review," he said.

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