ISLAND COUNTY, WA. (THECOUNT) — “Smash” actress Megan Hilty lost several loved ones following a plane crash in Island County, Washington on Sunday. Pregnant Lauren Hilty, her husband Ross Mickel and the couple’s young child Remy Mickel.

The United States Coast Guard confirmed the family was among nine passengers killed after a sea plane went down into the waters of Mutiny Bay in Washington.


After the crash, Ross’ family members released a statement to KING 5 and confirmed Lauren was pregnant with a baby boy at the time of the crash.

“We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy, Luca,” the statement read. “Our collective grief is unimaginable. They were a bright and shining light in the lives of everyone who knew them. Although their time with us was too short, we will carry their legacy forward.”

Ross’ family also thanked all of the first responders and private citizens who participated in the search and rescue efforts following the crash.

The others presumed dead from the crash were identified by the Coast Guard as Jason Winters, the pilot of the aircraft, and passengers Patricia Hicks, Sandra Williams, Luke Ludwig, Rebecca Ludwig, Joanne Mera and Gabrielle Hanna.


Geo quick facts: Island County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2020 census, its population was 86,857. Its county seat is Coupeville, while its largest city is Oak Harbor. The county’s name reflects the fact that it is composed entirely of islands – Wikipedia.