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UPDATE: Kalkaska Woman Charged for Deadly Car Accident

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July 22, 2013 -

Charges filed today -- months after a deadly accident took 3 lives in kalkaska county.

Three people were killed and several more hurt when two vans collided.

Police have said all along they believe speed was a factor.

The crash happened at County Road 612 and Crawford Lake Road in late April. Rhonda Mitchell was charged today in a Kalkaska.

Members of the Grayling golf team were in one of the vans. Coach Jason Potter and team member Louis Menard both died.

Rhonda Mitchell was driving the other van, with her daughter and granddaughter inside. Her daughter, Cassandra Stapleton, died.

Mitchell is charged with 4 felonies and 3 misdemeanors. Counts 1,2, and 3 are up to 15 year felonies and they could be served consecutively. This could mean 45 years in prison. 

Today, Mitchell stood mute in the court and the judge entered her not guilty.

The judge decided to not place a bond in this case because of Mitchell's medical situation, she is currently under medical care.

Mitchell is charged with the following:

3 counts of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, one for each death.
3 traffic moving violations causing death.
1 count of child abuse for driving at high rate of speed.


9 & 10's Marisa Mckay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson were in the courtroom and have the details on charges filed just hours ago.

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Tonight we have new details on a story we've been following since the beginning.

Back in April, 3 people died in a car accident in Kalkaska County.

And now, the Detroit Free Press is reporting the Kalkaska prosecutor is filing manslaughter charges.

The charges are against Rhonda Mitchell from Kalkaska.

Police say she was driving too fast down a county road when she hit a car full of Grayling High School golfers on their way to a match.

Coach Jason Potter was driving a van carrying 6 team members, Potter and 1 of the team members died along with Rhonda's daughter in the opposing vehicle.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Rhonda Mitchell is also facing 1 count of child abuse.

Stay with 9&10 News as we continue to bring you the latest on the charges.

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