Another Death Among Group of Teen Runners Hit by Truck

Kolby Crum was 18
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2020 3:49 PM CST
Another Death Among Group of Teen Runners Hit by Truck
In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, emergency crews respond to a scene where a vehicle hit several Moore High School students in Moore, Okla.   (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

The day after Oklahoma's Max Townsend lost his adult son in a car accident, police say he plowed his pickup into a group of teen runners. Two died within a day of the Feb. 3 crash; now a third has died. KFOR reports the Prayers for Kolby Facebook page on Saturday announced the death of Kolby Crum. The post reads in part, "It is with immeasurable grief and sorrow that we share that Kolby left his earthly home to finish his race in heaven this morning. ... Please pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for his family and friends as they grieve the tremendous and devastating loss of this precious young man."

The AP reports Crum, 18, was one of seven runners from Moore High School who was hit while on a Moore sidewalk. Police say Townsend was traveling 79mph in a 25mph zone; the Oklahoman reports he was allegedly driving drunk at the time. Crum suffered a head injury and collapsed lung and had been on a ventilator. Townsend, 57, has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of Rachel Freeman, 17, and Yuridia Martinez, 16, and faces life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say that with Crum's death, he'll be charged with a third manslaughter count. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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