sunny.png
Saturday April 4th, 2020 4:27PM

Man who ran down 2 students faces manslaughter charges

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man was charged with manslaughter Friday in the deaths of two suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes whom he hit with his truck as they ran on a sidewalk just a day after his own son was killed in a traffic accident.

Max Leroy Townsend, 57, is accused of running over six Moore High School cross-country runners in front of the school Monday afternoon, killing senior Rachel Freeman and sophomore Yuridia Martinez. The four other students were injured, and one of them remained in critical condition Friday.

Townsend was also charged Friday with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, District Attorney Greg Mashburn said.

The students were running on a sidewalk when Townsend plowed them down with a pickup truck, according to investigators. Townsend drove off and was stopped several blocks away by witnesses who pursued him from the accident site, police said.

Mashburn said Friday that investigators believe Townsend was driving 65 to 70 mph in the 25 mph school zone.

Prosecutors allege Townsend had stayed up drinking after his shift ended at 2 a.m. to mourn his son. Cody Townsend, 28, was killed Sunday in a multi-vehicle crash in Moore, official said.

A man who talked to Townsend after the crash outside the school said he was talking to himself and said, “I just lost my son.”

Mashburn said Friday that there's no evidence that the crash was intentional.

Max Townsend has a lengthy criminal history in Oklahoma that includes multiple convictions for driving under the influence, public intoxication, possession of drugs and stolen property, stalking and child abuse, court records show. He served time in prison on convictions for child abuse, receiving stolen property and possession of drugs, but was released in 2009, state prison records show.

___

This story has been corrected to show the man who said Townsend was talking to himself met Townsend after the crash outside the school, not before.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Man who ran down 2 students faces manslaughter charges
A man has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes whom he hit with his truck as they ran on a sidewalk
3:03PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Probe: No outward engine failure in Bryant helicopter crash
Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of outward engine faiilur
2:52PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Flooding inundates Pacific Northwest, major highway closed
Severe flooding in eastern Oregon has closed Interstate 84 — a major freeway linking Idaho and Oregon
2:41PM ( 30 minutes ago )
U.S. News
China's Communist Party faces recriminations over virus
China's ruling Communist Party is faced anger and recriminations from the public over the death of a doctor who was threatened by police after trying to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus over a month ago
3:00PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Winfrey says King not doing well after social media backlash
Oprah Winfrey says her friend Gayle King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie that involved the late Kobe Bryant
2:52PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Appeals court dismisses Democrats' lawsuit against Trump
A federal appeals court in Washington has dismissed one of several ongoing lawsuits charging that President Donald Trump has illegally profited off the presidency
2:47PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Doctor’s death highlights dangers on front lines of outbreak
The death of a Chinese doctor underscores a grim reality: The physicians first to recognize outbreaks are often among the earliest victims. Dr. Li Wenliang's death showed the dangers health workers have faced in similar epidemics, including SARS and Ebola
2:10PM ( 1 hour ago )
S&P 500 slips for first time this week as momentum stalls
Stocks are down on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday, with technology and health care companies giving up some of their gains from earlier in the week
1:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
Roger Kahn, elegant 'Boys of Summer' author, dies at 92
“The Boys of Summer” author Roger Kahn has died
1:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Probe: No outward engine failure in Bryant helicopter crash
Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of outward engine faiilur
2:52PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Flooding inundates Pacific Northwest, major highway closed
Severe flooding in eastern Oregon has closed Interstate 84 — a major freeway linking Idaho and Oregon
2:41PM ( 30 minutes ago )
NY to sue US over its ouster from trusted traveler programs
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his state will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's plan to block New Yorkers from enrolling in “trusted traveler” programs. The lawsuit announced Friday is the latest salvo in an escalating fight over immigration policy between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in his home state
2:34PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Bad weather moves into Eastern states; 5 dead in South
Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding is making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States
2:26PM ( 45 minutes ago )
2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter's uniforms
Kobe Bryant's widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna
1:56PM ( 1 hour ago )