2nd Student Dies After Hit-And-Run Crash Near Moore High School
A second student has died after Monday's deadly hit-and-run crash near Moore High School, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Moore school officials said Moore High School sophomore Yuridia Martinez died at a local hospital.
High school senior Rachel Freeman died at the scene near Main Street.
One student, Ashton Baza, was released from the hospital after receiving treatment. The other three students are still receiving treatment.
Senior Kolby Crum is in critical condition, a school official said.
A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Moore High School gym.
The driver was identified as 57-year-old Max Leroy Townsend. He is accused of driving a pickup that drove up onto a sidewalk and hit the six students. The students were running as a part of the cross-country team.
“Without hesitation or second thought our students were there with their friends to begin lifesaving tactics including CPR on the runners that were there,” said Dr. Robert Romines, the superintendent of Moore Public Schools.
Townsend meanwhile went careening through a nearby neighborhood before coming to a stop a couple blocks away. Police say he was already stopped by the time they got
Townsend showed signs of impairment during the field sobriety test, police said.
Townsend was booked into the Cleveland County jail on complaints of manslaughter and six complaints of leaving the scene of crash.
Townsend's 29-year-old son died Sunday in a crash after the son's vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and flipped over, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.
“We’re trying to look to try and piece back as far as we can to see Mr. Townsend’s conduct and events over the last couple days,” explained Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department.
The school district meanwhile said they have 30 counselors at the high school Tuesday to help students and staff. Therapy dogs are also available at elementary and middle schools.
“Their reach in that student body is huge,” said Dustin Horstkoetter, safety and security director for Moore schools. “So there injuries, their deaths have effected a lot of people. Lots of students, lots of staff member. It’s a somber day today.”
The Moore High School Alumni Association has setup a student relief funds for the victims. Click here to donate.
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