Moore Schools Superintendent Reflects Back On Hit-And-Run That Claimed The Lives Of 3 Students

Wednesday, February 3rd 2021, 10:24 pm
By: Erica Rankin

MOORE, Okla. -

On February 3, 2020 the community of Moore was turned upside down when an alleged drunk driver plowed through a group of cross-country runners. The truck that hit the students was going 80 mph, police said.

“I mean in a very real sense a part of us is gone,” said Michael Freeman, the father of Rachel Freeman. “So, it has been adapting to that change.”

When the truck hit the runners it killed three, Rachel Freeman, Kolby Crum and Yuridia Martinez. Four others were also injured in the incident.

“God had other plans for him,” said Tansey Hellbusch, the mother of Kolby Crum.

The families of the three all have a bond that is like no other.

“The pain is always going to be there,” said Erika Martinez, the mother of Yuridia Martinez.

Since that horrific day, the pain has been fresh. Especially for the superintendent of Moore Schools, Robert Romines, who said he has felt the pain all week long leading up to Wednesday.

“When we got there, we saw a horrific site,” said Romines. “One of the things we first noticed was our students and staff were first responders because they were there when the incident happened.”

There has now been a memorial put in place where the incident happened. Romines said he has high hopes it will be finished by the middle of March.