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'Unbearable': 2 Teens Dead After Pickup Hits Runners

Driver Max Townsend's son had been killed in a car accident the previous day
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2020 8:14 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2020 1:18 PM CST

(Newser) – Oklahoma's Max Townsend lost his 29-year-old son in a car accident on Sunday. A day later, police say he plowed his pickup into a group of teenage runners, and two of the teens have since died, reports ABC News. Townsend is in custody and suspected of drunk driving as the investigation continues. Coverage:

  • Hit-and-run: Police in Moore, Oklahoma, say Townsend, 57, drove into six members of Moore High School's cross-country team who were out for a practice run about 3:30pm Monday. Police say Townsend, who showed "signs of impairment" in a field sobriety test, left the scene of the accident and was caught about three blocks away. Police say he also hit two parked cars, a mailbox, and drove over multiple front lawns, reports KFOR.
  • Victims: Senior Rachel Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene, and sophomore Yuridia Martinez died Tuesday. One student who suffered a broken leg and broken ankle was released from the hospital Monday, and the other three teens remain hospitalized. One of them is in critical condition. The school district says the teens were running on the sidewalk when hit, reports the Oklahoman.

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