Driver who hit Oklahoma runners faces third manslaughter charge

The Associated Press - February 19, 2020 11:56 am

Max Townsend, seen in a 2008 booking photo obtained from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of striking a group of suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes with his speeding pickup truck faces an additional manslaughter charge after the death of a third student.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a third charge of manslaughter against 57-year-old Max Leroy Townsend, in addition to a third count of leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

Eighteen-year-old Kolby Crum died Saturday. Police have said Townsend was going 79 mph in a 25 mph zone on Feb. 3 in Moore when he struck the students, who were on the sidewalk.

 

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