Michigan man charged with murder after his SUV struck three siblings as they rode their bikes

Source: GoFundMe; Branch County Prosecuting Attorney

May 6 2021, Published 5:15 p.m. ET

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A man who hit three siblings with his car, killing one, now faces a second-degree murder charge, Michigan authorities said.

On April 5, Daniel Silich, 42, was driving in Sherwood Township when his Chevrolet Equinox allegedly left the road and struck Landen Risner, 13, his brother Roman, 6, and their 14-year-old sister as they rode their bikes.

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Police said Silich drove off from the scene of the accident and investigators located the SUV the next day at a home 11 miles away, Grand Rapids’ WOOD-TV reported. 

Landen was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo in critical condition and died 13 days later. 

His younger brother, Roman, suffered a fractured femur and underwent surgery and the sister was treated for minor injuries.

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Police arrested Silich on May 5 and charged him with second-degree murder, manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, reckless driving causing death, tampering with evidence, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment, reckless driving causing serious impairment of bodily function, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident, and one count each of meth use, fentanyl use and driving without an operator’s license, according to the Branch County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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If found guilty of the charges against him, Silich faces life in prison. 

Friends of the Risner family started a GoFundMe to help cover the medical costs for the children. 

Laden's family said he died surrounded by relatives and that he was comfortable. 

"We honor Landen for the special boy that he was and will remain with all of us forever in our hearts. Thank you for all of your love, generosity, prayers and support. All of you helped make a difference and gave Landen the best chance he had to fight and for that we are grateful to all of you," the page reads. 


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