Two men killed in fatal crash in Wacousta identified

ST. JOHNS – Officials with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified two men killed in a Saturday evening crash and provided further information about fourteen other members of their family who were injured.

Johnathan Esch, 30, of Grand Haven, and Daniel Harris, 42, of Grand Ledge, were killed Saturday when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver on South Wacousta Road, near Corrison Road, while walking with family members.

Ashley Marie Monroe, 35, of Perrinton, was charged Monday with 11 felonies in connection with the crash and held on a $1 million cash bond.

Monroe is accused of beating 16 members of the extended family who were walking along South Wacousta Road. Six affected family members remained hospitalized Sunday, with one in critical condition, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said.

Eight others were treated for injuries and released Sunday after what first responders called a mass casualty event.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office said a 38-year-old woman remained in critical condition at an unspecified hospital.

Victims of the crash included a 2-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl, two 6-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy. old girl and a 16-year-old girl – all with non-life-threatening injuries.

In addition, a 28-year-old woman, a 32-year-old woman, a 33-year-old woman, a 36-year-old woman and a 61-year-old woman all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. .

Police did not provide names of the injured.

The sheriff’s office said the follow-up investigation continues.

Police said Monroe fled the scene but was later arrested.

The mass casualty incident resulted from responses from throughout the Lansing area, including DeWitt, DeWitt Township, Bath Township and Michigan State Police police, as well as the Lansing, Delta Township and Lansing Township fire departments. Ambulances were also dispatched from across the region, including Mercy Ambulance, Clinton Area Ambulance, Grand Ledge Ambulance and Portland Ambulance.

The Clinton County Road Commission, Clinton County Victim Support and Clinton County Central Dispatch assisted.