Man enters plea in hit-and-run incident

A Sturgis-area resident pleaded no contest Monday to manslaughter with a motor vehicle in an April 2021 crash that resulted in the death of 13-year-old Landen Risner.

Risner died April 18 from head injuries after he was airlifted from the scene.

Daniel Silich, 43, also pleaded no contest to failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with evidence. Sentencing is May 2.

Roman Risner, 6, suffered a break in his right femur. He needed reconstructive surgery where doctors installed a metal plate. Elizabeth Risner, 13, suffered cuts and abrasions.

The incident occurred on Ralston Road in Branch County’s Sherwood Township.

Silich’s blood draw showed meth, marijuana and fentanyl in his bloodstream when questioned the next morning. The Hackman Road resident was arrested after a month-long investigation by Michigan State Police.

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