Oklahoma man facing additional charges following third cross country runner’s death

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FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office shows Max Leroy Townsen. Moore, Okla., Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told The Associated by phone Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, that a pickup truck driven by Townsend, was traveling 79 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone on Feb. 2, 2020, when it struck members of the high school’s cross-country team on a sidewalk outside the suburban Oklahoma City school. Townsen has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes whom he hit. (Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

MOORE, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma man is facing additional charges following the death of another high school cross country runner in Moore.

On Feb. 3, 57-year-old Max Townsend drove his truck into a group of cross country runners from Moore High School.

Rachel Freeman died just feet away from the school after being hit.

Rachel Freeman was kiled in an auto-ped accident in Moore
Rachel Freeman was killed in an auto-ped accident in Moore

Officials say Yuridia Martinez, a sophomore, also died from injuries she sustained in the crash.

Yuridia Martinez is the second student killed in the auto-ped
Yuridia Martinez is the second student killed in the auto-ped

A week after the crash, Townsend was charged with 13 counts in Cleveland County District Court.

At the time, Townsend was facing two counts of first-degree manslaughter, two counts of leaving the scene of a fatality accident, and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more.

He is also charged with three counts of driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury, and five counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Max Townsend
Max Townsend

Online court records indicate that Townsend is facing additional charges following the death of Kolby Crum.

Kolby Crum
Kolby Crum

Days ago, officials announced that Crum also died from his injuries.

“It is with immeasurable grief and sorrow that we share that Kolby left his earthly home to finish his race in heaven this morning. He impacted the lives around him in positive ways every day. He is so loved by so many and will be deeply missed. 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. Please pray on. #heartofalion,” The Prayers for Kolby Facebook page shared.

Following Crum’s death, Townsend is now facing an additional count of manslaughter and an additional count of leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

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